Trigger warning: sexual abuse
On Wednesday, a live-in nanny who gave birth to the baby of an 11-year-old boy she cared for, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual battery. Marissa Mowry, 28, sexually assaulted the boy at least 15 times while she lived in his family's home in Florida.
In October 2014, she gave birth to the child's son although the boy’s parents were unaware that he was the father. Mowry continued to sexually assault the boy “multiple times” until he was 14, Hillsborough County Courthouse was told.
Now 17, the boy is finishing high school and attempting to raise his son. On Thursday, he appeared at the sentencing with his child, who is now five. "I thought of her almost as a second daughter," his mother, Nadene Campbell, told reporters after sentencing. "To think (she thought) of my son as more than a child?...I mean, we're talking about a child who was 11.”
Mowry had been hired by the family as a live-in nanny on the recommendation of a relative. Despite her claims that the 11-year-old had forced himself upon her, the boy eventually told police that he had been sexually assaulted after he confessed to his mother. A DNA test later confirmed the boy was the father of Mowry’s child.
Florida nanny sentenced to 20 years for sexually abusing 11-year-old and having his baby https://t.co/lghobdwJP5— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) October 18, 2019
The former nanny was arrested in 2017 outside Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa where she had found work as a waitress. Initially, Mowry faced life in prison but managed to strike a plea deal. After completing her sentence, she will be required to register as a sex offender and serve 10 years of probation.
Following her arrest, the boy’s mother said, “She betrayed me in the worst possible way. I was always watching when I was home. It was when I was at work I couldn't. How could I have been so stupid? There should have been something I should have caught. I should have caught something.”
"Just being a teenager is hard enough and you’re gonna throw in molestation - which messes with their head - and then you’re going to throw in being a parent?” Campbell added. The boy now cares for the 5-year-old himself, taking the toddler to school before starting his own classes.
Mowry, who was handcuffed and silent during sentencing, was branded a sexual predator by Judge Laura Ward. Her attorney told the court that her client recognizes that she has made "some poor decisions."
The nanny a woman hired five years ago to take care of her 11-year-old son was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually battering the boy, resulting in the birth of a child.https://t.co/XCrQr9ywzN— FOX 35 Orlando (@fox35orlando) October 18, 2019
Campbell has warned other parents not to simply assume that women entrusted with protecting their children won’t victimize them. “We don’t think about females being predators, usually,” Campbell said. “And I didn’t — and it cost me.”
A study by a team of researchers at the UCLA School of Law has revealed that female sex offenders are more common than first thought. The researchers, who analyzed data from four large-scale federal agency surveys, found that cases against both male and female victims are surprisingly common. In a survey conducted by the Centers For Disease Control, the agency found that in 2011 equal numbers of men and women reported being forced into non-consensual sex.