Ohio man held and abused family for 15 years
September 7, 2010
(ChattahBox US News) - A sad American version that reminds of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian father who kept his daughter Elisabeth locked in an hidden room for years and repeatedly raped her. Jeffrey York is said to have ruled his home in n Madison Township, Ohio, with fear and stopped his wife and seven children from seeing any friends and family. York’s wife, Danita, went to police in December after she said her husband raped her child, and said that the whole family had been abused, mentally and physically, for years. York is accused of raping one of his daughters while keeping another imprisoned in a tiny room for more than a year. The imprisoned daughter lived in one-third of an 8 by 10-foot room that had been cut into sections for perhaps over a year. The York children, two boys and five girls, are between the ages of 3 months and 19, and police found a 13-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted repeatedly. The intimidation and abuse lasted for 15 years or longer, police said at a news conference. The family who was almost completely cut off from the world, is now in a shelter and York, 47, is charged with 19 crimes, including rape, gross sexual conduct, and child abuse.