An Ohio woman was sentenced to nine years behind bars for abusing her children “almost like a horror movie.”
Lucas County Judge Myron Duhart sentenced 32-year-old Ashley Ragusa to nearly a decade in prison after she entered an Alford plea to three counts of gross sexual imposition with two girls between January 2012 and December 2013.
Prosecutors say Ragusa forced the two victims to perform oral sex on her.
“There were acts that were perpetrated on these children that in my mind are unconscionable,” Duhart said. “Those actions and those conditions on those children are horrific. I don’t think there is a sentence I could give you that would right those wrongs. I’m not sure it’s in my power to dispense any justice commensurate with what those children suffered.”
The judge was lenient in his sentencing, however, noting that Ragusa had no criminal history and showed genuine remorse after spending a year in jail.
“I look back and I am ashamed,” Ragusa said in court. “I don’t even recognize that person.”
“Not only am I sober,” Ragusa said of her time behind bars, “I’ve had time to reflect on my life, how it was, who I was, what I want, and what I need to do to change it.”
Ragusa will have to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of her life when she completes her prison term.