York County, Pennsylvania – A couple from West Manheim Township are accused of sexually abusing two children under the age of 13 during a two-year period.
Robert Greiner, 27, was charged on Saturday with conspiracy to commit rape and related offenses. His wife, Holly Greiner, 29, faces one count of rape of a child and related charges. Both were arraigned that night, and Robert Greiner remains in York County Prison on $75,000 bail.
Holly Greiner, who’s out on $50,000 bail, declined to be interviewed when reached on Sunday.
West Manheim Township police said their arrests came after an investigation into child abuse on Fuhrman Mill Road near Oakwood Drive.
During an interview with police at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Holly Greiner admitted that she and her husband sexually abused the children during a period of several years, according to court documents. On one occasion, she said her husband texted her photo – which was reportedly deleted – of a child performing oral sex on him, the documents state.
It is unclear when the couple is due back in court.
When I noticed the headline and picture, I knew an update was in order. While glad that justice was swift and being served, the headline “one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse ever seen,” was all too real in my mind.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison Thursday for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years.
Wendy Holland, 35, showed no emotion as the judge condemned her to what amounts to a life sentence. She must serve at least 50 years in prison before parole consideration, a prosecutor said. Jurors convicted the woman of sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges last month.
Another defendant, William Brownlee, got a 20-year prison sentence. Brownlee, 50, was convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse in the fall.
The two were among 11 people charged with sex crimes following the disappearance in 2012 of a suspected victim of the ring, 19-year-old Brittney Wood. She remains missing and is presumed dead.
Baldwin Council Circuit Judge Jody Bishop gave both Holland and Brownlee the maximum sentence and said each deserved more time. Each still faces additional charges involving other alleged victims.
In a letter read in court, the underage female victim in both cases said years of abuse left her traumatized. She has a hard time trusting anyone, gets angry easily and rarely feels safe. “I was a little girl being held down and raped,” wrote the victim, who was in court.
Authorities said the two were part of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused children and swapped their own kids for sex for years.
Holland is the widow of the alleged leader of the group, Donnie Holland, who was Brittney Wood’s uncle. The teen went missing around the time Holland was found with a gunshot to the head; his death was later ruled a suicide.
Even without Brittney Wood to testify, two of her uncles and an older brother already pleaded guilty to sex charges before juries convicted Wendy Holland and Brownlee.
In the letter read in court, the underage teen abused by both Holland, a relative, and Brownlee, a family friend, compared her youth to being lost in a maze. The teen said she felt like she was constantly looking into shadows around corners in fear of more sexual torture.