Michelle Mayer, 39, is charged with two counts of repeated sexual abuse of a child and party to a crime, the authorities said Thursday.
(Eau Claire County Jail)
A Wisconsin woman is accused of allowing men to sexually assault her two children in exchange for methamphetamine, cocaine and money, reports said Thursday.
The children were made to perform sexual acts and posing nude for photos, an informant told the police.
The defendant, Michelle Mayer, 39, was allegedly present during the attack and was paid in cash, meth and cocaine. They reportedly beat the children with a baseball bat as they tried to fight back.
Mayer was charged with two counts of repeated sexual abuse of a child, and the fact that a party to a crime, WTMJ-TV reported.
The woman from Eau Claire, Wis., human trafficking the children for a minimum of 6 and a half years with the house of her mother, the report said, citing a criminal complaint.
The indictment also said that the owner of the house told officials that they had “no idea” the attacks to 2017, WEAU-TV reported. The children were between the ages of 6 and 9, the complaint said.
The Eau Claire Police Department told the station that the investigation was “difficult because of fear of retaliation and reprisals on the part of the persons concerned.”
A confidential informant told the police that the children sometimes are injected with meth to keep them awake, to be more than 100 times. The informant said that the abuse may have had for as long as nine years, police said.
The informant also told the police the attacks occurred every other day, and assaulters would be called “uncles” or street names as “Dollar, Junior, Bam Bam, and Pinky.”
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The case remained under investigation.
Bridget Coit, public information officer with the Eau Claire Police referred to sexual assault cases in general as “really hard cases.”
“They are really difficult for the victim, their families, and officials and other authorities trying to investigate,” said Coit. “They come with multiple parts, sometimes the delay in reporting can lead to a lack of evidence, fear of the victim to be part of the making of a report, or the development of the child at the time of the abuse begins, or when they decide to make the report.”
Coit says that it is not only children they are involved in the sexual assault cases, adults or for anyone who is a victim of abuse. She said ongoing efforts to best practices and resources to the victims and their families.
The children are now safe away from Mayer, WTMJ reported.
If convicted, Mayer faces up to 80 years behind bars, the report said.