UPDATED: Guilty Verdict; Sexual Battery

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

A Washington County jury returns a guilty verdict for Daniel Hess.

He is convicted on two charges of sexual battery.

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The victim takes the stand in a trial for a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

In March on 2012, Daniel Hess was arrested after a underage family member said she had performed various sex acts with him and his live in girl friend, Lacey Day.

Today in the courtroom the victim spoke to the jury about what she experiences.

She says after visiting Hess and Day often, evening living at the home at one time, Hess suggested they "connect." She explained it as "the power of three."

She describes "connecting" as the three of them engaging in sex and other acts together.

She told the jury, Hess told her, if the three of them "connected" she would be protected and stronger. She said he described it as magical and protective.

"And what is "connecting," Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings asks the victim.

"He believed in the 'power of three' and to 'connect' with someone you have to physically be with them, sexual wise, and he wanted that for me so that he could protect us and make us stronger," the victim explained.

The victim said Hess told her it was a part of his and Day's "Wiccan Pagan mix."

The victim told the jury the three of them "connected'" on multiple occasions going into great detail. She said Hess would decide when it would happen and the victim believed Hess was hearing the words of God.

The victim told the jury the "connecting" did not happen every time or even most of the time she visited Hess but that they did "connect" on multiple occasions.

She said she feared what might happen to her if she stopped visiting. She explained she didn't tell anyone because she was scared and didn't want to get anyone else involved. Eventually, the victim told her guidance counselor.

The defense did ask the victim if she had often gone into the woods by herself, believing she was seeing things and hearing things. He asked if she believed she heard and saw things other people couldn't and she said "yes."

Lacey Day plead guilty and received two years in prison in August 2012.

The trial will continue Wednesday.

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UPDATED: AUGUST 10, 2012

Lacy Day is sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting a minor.

In march of this year, deputies arrested day and her boyfriend, Daniel Hess.

Investigators say an underage family member of Hess' said the couple performed various sex acts with her.

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Daniel Hess and live-in girlfriend Lacey Day, are accused of sexually assaulting a fifteen year old family member.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the sexual battery occurred on three different occasions starting in late 2010.

They became aware of it all through outside sources. The fifteen year old victim told deputies she performed various sexual acts with both Hess and Day when visiting them.

Deputies say Day admitted to the sexual acts and Hess told deputies what the victim said happened... did happen.

"And he indicated and justified, or tried to justify what he had done by his belief in Wicca which is a form of witchcraft, or the practice of witchcraft," says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Wicca is defined by dictionary.com as witchcraft, but not in an evil sense, more nature oriented.

Deputies believe the victim was there willingly. Both face a third degree felony charge of sexual battery and are currently being held at the Washington County Jail.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Cutler on Aug 15, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    Really? My father in law got 4 years for a parole violation and this woman only get 2 are you serious? She should get 10 and hopefully she gets treated how she should in prison. How sick do people get?
  • by CitizenX Location: Pburg on Aug 14, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    I hope their fellow inmates treat them like sex offenders are supposed to be treated in prison, and show them what it's like to be a victim. *fingers crossed*
  • by Di on Aug 13, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    What judge sat on this sentencing?? He needs to be removed from the "justice" system. WTF two years!!!??? Ridiculous!! You get more jail time for vandalism than that!! I am infuriated! Sadly, not surprised, but angry all the same.
  • by Brian on Aug 13, 2012 at 02:43 AM
    Why have the comments about this article turned into a theological discussion? A teenage girl was molested, period. None of the bickering over religion is relevant. These people broke the law, they deserve punishment. I only hope the victim is able to rise above this and excel in her life.
  • by j lemley on Aug 11, 2012 at 05:11 AM
    only two years for doing such an awful thing. I dont understand the justice system. Molesting a chils is the worst thing a person could ever do and all they get is a slap on the hand. These are the people that deserve the death penalty.you get less time for being a chils molester than anything else. Come on people. The children are the ones that are being punished not the criminals
  • by Melanie Location: Missouri on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
    This is just ridiculous. They aren't Wiccan if they did that. It goes against the Wiccan belief and I would know because I am one. And in comment to some of the comments I've seen thus far, how can anyone say that our gods aren't real? What makes anyone think the Christian god is real? We don't have viable proof that any god or goddess is real. All we can do is trust and await what is out there after we die if there is one at that. People need to grow up and quit judging others for what they believe. So to all the haters out there: I am Wiccan and I am proud to be that way.
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      by Like on Aug 13, 2012 at 04:47 AM in reply to Melanie
      I am not Wiccan, but I totally approve your comment. It's the pot calling the kettle black.
  • by Mark Watson Location: Colorado on Apr 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    We are ordained Wiccan/Eclectic Pagan Clergy over here. They are criminals. Throw the book at them. Maximum sentence, please. No tradition practices or teaches this. If anyone does, they deserve the full penalty of the law. CHILD ABUSE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED NO MATTER WHAT RELIGION YOU CLAIM. Sick sick sick.
  • by christy Location: jasper, ga on Apr 8, 2012 at 06:19 PM
    I have read a lot of remarks on here and I have to say. I just started in the Wiccian religion and that is how I will raise my baby girl.From what I have learned from a friend is to harm none. I have never done anything wrong to no one and I have helped many of people, that does not make me an evil person. Now what these people did was just down right evil. Wiccians are not bad people. You never know who is one and how many have already helped you. What these people did was try to give the wiccan religion a bad name.
  • by this is nuts. on Apr 8, 2012 at 03:03 PM
    wow, i lived across the street from these people for a wile. i know there kid, and i went to there house many times. never once did it hear, or notice anything about them being Wicca. i truly don't believe they are. what they did was just messed up. the very small amount of respect i did have for them is now gone. i also have family that are Wicca, and they have never thought about doin' any thing like that to anyone that didn't consent to it, and most definitely not with a child. these people are messed up.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    WICCAN strikes again. wiccan is a pagan belief. not a true religion. evev though they may think it is. they have no God - they claim there is a godess, but where is the proof of a godess?
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      by Proof? hahaha on Apr 5, 2012 at 06:43 AM in reply to
      Where is the proof of a Christian God....have you seen him personally? No. Also...can you see your brain? No. Is there proof of that? I have spent my life in the woods and know there are mink that live in the area, but I have never seen one....does that mean they don't exist? Most religions prior to Christianity were female dominated...why do you think Christianity pushes so hard for everyone to be Christian...and hides so much about any woman that could have power in Christianity. We scare you. I am not Wiccan, but I know the religion just as I know many others. I studied them. It is really time for everyone to stop being afraid and learn the truth about the variety of lifestyles and religions around you. Quit judging. As a Christian I don't believe it is your place to do so...it is your god's. Some Christians most of you are proving to be.
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