Heather LaValle found out a little too late that she had “made the worst mistake of my life.”
As she was sentenced to three years in prison this week in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, the 38-year-old broke down and fessed up that she regretted not acting when she discovered two kids were being raped by the 68-year-old man living with she and her husband.
According to The News-Messenger, LaValle and husband David pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment charges and both were sentenced by Judge John Dewey to three years prison.
Dewey had words for David and Heather LaValle at her sentencing, stating, “When there is a lot of smoke, you should look for fire.” And boy, was there a lot of fire!
LaValle’s husband was also sentenced to three years last week for the same child endangerment charges for allowing Kenneth Jordan to spend alone time with two children. Jordan, the site reports, paid household bills for the LaValle’s in exchange.
When addressing the Judge’s remarks, Heather LaValle said in tears that “What’s done is done, and I can’t fix that.” Jordan received an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to rape charges. And if you are thinking, “eight years, what the f*** is wrong with our justice system,” well, you’re not alone.
Deb Wells, the victims’ advocate, spoke on behalf of the two girls who were the subjects of Jordan’s crimes while under the LaValle’s care. The oldest victim, a 13-year-old, said she had reported the crime to Heather, who responded, “She said ‘I don’t have time for this,'” Wells said.
In perhaps the most “Captain Obvious” remarks, Wells said both girls “were having a hard time dealing with the abuse they suffered and have begun acting out as a result.”
No surprises there. Every friggin’ adult in the world turned out to be the biggest flakes. They killed these kids’ childhood and set them up to not trust anyone forever.
Can you say, “failing at life?”
(Featured Image: Sandusky County Website)