In a taped interview with police, a 41-year-old Middletown mother accused of arranging for her 11-year-old daughter to have sex with a registered sex offender for money said she was “ashamed of herself” for letting her daughter down.
The woman is charged with three counts of complicity to rape. She appeared with her attorney Monday, March 16, in Butler County Common Pleas Court for a hearing on whether to suppress statements she made to Middletown police.
She mostly hung her head and cried during the 60-minute session where her attorney L. Patrick Mulligan argued that her confession to police was coerced. Mulligan said police made promises to her in exchange for her statements.
Clint Nevitt, 33, of 211 Lylburn Road in Middletown, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition for having sex with the 11-year-old as well as another 9-year-old Middletown girl. He is expected to receive 18 years in jail as part of a plea bargain when he is sentenced on May 11.
In a taped interview played for Butler County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney, the mother said she was abused as a child and was ashamed of herself for letting her daughter down.
The woman said she arranged for Nevitt to have sex with her daughter two or three times and that she witnessed the sex acts. She offered no reason for arranging the meeting.
When Middletown Juvenile Detectives Fred Shuemake and Janice Jones asked if Nevitt paid her for sex with her daughter, the woman denied receiving any money herself.
“He didn’t give me no money,” the woman said in the recorded statement. “I heard he paid $150 to (her daughter).”
At one point in the interview the woman said she wanted to kill herself because she was so ashamed.
“I knew it was wrong,” she said.
Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer McElfresh argued the woman’s statement was not coerced and pointed to statements that Jones and Shuemake made noting they could not determine if the woman would go to prison for her actions.
“There were no promises made,” McElfresh told the judge.
Oney did not immediately rule on the motion to suppress. The woman’s trial is scheduled to begin on April 28.