Becky Strabel | Staff writer
BURNETT COUNTY – Violet S. Reynolds, 37, Webster, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for the 2nd-degree sexual assault of a child under 16 by Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Melissia Mogen last Thursday, Nov. 9.
Reynolds was also sentenced to 27 months of confinement for possession of meth and misdemeanor theft. Additionally, she will be on extended supervision for 17 years, owe $24,000 in fines plus $1,473 in court costs and fees. All sentences will run consecutively, and other conditions apply.
The three-year-old case claims that on Nov. 18, 2014, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint that an 11-year old boy had been sexually assaulted by Violet Reynolds, who was 34 years of age at the time of the incident.
The victim stated that Reynolds grabbed his privates and told him she would beat him up if he didn’t keep quiet and have sex with her. The victim reported that since she is an adult and much heavier than he, he knew she wouldn’t stop until she wanted to. The criminal complaint says that Reynolds assaulted him another time that night. According to the victim’s statements, the assaults occurred after dark after all the other people in the residence had gone to bed.
Reynolds told more than one person about the sexual assault, referring to the 11-year old victim as her “new man,” and stating that she could get in a lot of trouble for what had happened.
Statements given to investigators from some of the other children who had been at the residence stated Reynolds was flirting with the boy, rubbing his hair and kissing him.
The victim and his grandmother appeared before the court and explained how Reynolds stole the now 14-year-old’s innocence, how he has had to grow up quickly and deal with the anger and hurt. He saw friends and girls differently after the incident, they said.
He spent a year in the department of corrections because of the anger that tore through many relationships that are now being rebuilt as he learns to trust again. There were numerous statements provided to the court from others.
Two pre-sentencing investigations were conducted, one by each party. The plea deal reached between district attorney William Norine and the defense counsel was five years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision. The defense argued that Reynolds has mental health issues that come into play and that they were reasons for the agreement. But Mogen explained that she was not bound by that agreement and that she could sentence Reynolds up to the maximum by law.
As part of the proceedings, Reynolds was able to make a statement. She blamed others for her actions including past abuse and stated, “I am not a monster.” She wants to be able to see her four children, which she doesn’t have custody of.
Mogen explained, “You are sentenced to one year for each year of innocence that you took, one year for each year the child has to struggle with the emotions and turmoil of adolescence until he reaches adulthood. One year for each year that the victim cannot be a normal child and go through normal development and stages from a child to an adult such as going to middle school, high school, playing in team sports and just being a kid. And one year for each year that the victim had to live without resolution in this case, one year for the length of time that the victim was placed out of home in a secured detention facility due to the anger and aggression stemming from this incident from the actions of your hands and your refusal to accept responsibility for your actions.”
Magen added, “This court views the offense of second-degree sexual assault of a child as extremely serious. This offense not only can destroy a victim emotionally, but it can have lifetime effects on the individual in a physical aspect as well and can affect the person for a lifetime and the effects can be like spider veins reaching and touching every aspect of the victim’s life,” explained Mogen.
The judge presented statistics to reinforce the gravity of the crime:
- One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.
- In our nation, there are over 811,389 registered sex offenders.
- Every 8 minutes, Child Protective Services responds to a report of sexual abuse.
- More than 95 percent of all sexual offense arrests were committed by first-time sex offenders.
- An average serial child molester has between 360-380 victims in his/her lifetime.
- More than 90 percent of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator.
- It is linked to a range of long-term health impacts.
- It is estimated that each year child sexual abuse in America costs the nation $23 billion. These costs come from burdened criminal justice, healthcare, education, and welfare systems.
This was not Reynolds first time in the court system, and Mogen would guess that it probably won’t be her last. She has also shown violent and aggressive behaviors towards friends and family.
In her statement to the court, Reynolds referred to the victim as “that boy over there” and never by name, and this is not the first rape that she has committed according to the court. One was not officially charged but was read-in.
“You have destroyed a young man, perhaps even two as the second victim sits in jail. You deny that you have done anything to either of these young men. Instead you victim blame. You accept no responsibility and take no accountability for your actions. You believe there is some reason why he is lying and something is going on with him. You state that he is “full of crap.” You deny, deny, deny,” stated Mogen during her reciting of the sentencing. “You were sexually molested as a child yet you did to others what you say devastated you. Time is up. Accept responsibility.”
The following conditions also apply:
- Must maintain absolute sobriety.
- No possession of firearms.
- Follow recommendations for mental health treatment.
- Lifetime registry as a sex offender and comply with the sex offender registry and laws such as not engaging in an occupation or participating in a volunteer position that requires interaction with children under the age of 16.
- No contact with victims or anyone convicted of a felony drug offense or sexual crime conviction or anyone on community supervision.
- Engage in a sex offender treatment program.
- Engage in alcohol or drug abuse treatment programs
- Internet and social media restrictions.
- No contact with minors without approval.
- Pay restitution.
- Provide a DNA sample.
- No voting or hold a public position until civil rights are restored.
Reynolds is not eligible for the challenge incarceration program or the substance abuse program.
Seventy-four other counts were dismissed by the judge previously assigned to cases and included disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, felony and misdemeanor bail jumping, issuance of worthless check, fraudulent use of credit card, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of illegally obtained prescription and possession of marijuana
Reynolds has 522 days jail credit.