WILKES-BARRE — A husband testified against his wife on Friday, telling a district judge that it was her plan to impregnate a teen girl.
A shackled Gary Machinshok, 28, sat a few feet away from his shackled wife, Misty Machinshok, 32, as he said he reluctantly went along with her plan.
“My wife came to me about having a child,” Gary Machinshok testified. “She wasn’t able to have children.”
Gary Machinshok said he and Misty had talked to the girl about their plan in September 2012. For more than a year, the girl was sexually assaulted “every few days” except for a time when the girl was on birth control, Gary Machinshok said.
Gary Machinshok was the sole witness called to testify by Assistant District Attorney Nancy Violi at Misty Machinshok’s preliminary hearing before District Judge Rick Cronauer.
Cronauer forwarded charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, child endangerment and criminal conspiracy against Misty Machinshok to county court. She remains jailed for lack of $250,000 bail.
Gary Machinshok, jailed for lack of $150,000 bail, is facing similar charges in county court.
He testified that Misty Machinshok held the girl’s hand telling her to relax for the first few sexual assaults. When the girl complained of pain, Gary Machinshok said he would stop as Misty Machinshok told them to try other positions.
Gary Machinshok said his wife put her hands on the girl and pushed her during one sexual encounter.
Upon questioning by Misty Machinshok’s attorney, Allyson Kacmarski, Gary Machinshok said he waived his charges to county court last month because he didn’t want to put the girl “through this” in open court.
Kacmarski grilled Gary Machinshok about his cooperation with prosecutors.
“You’re only testifying to save yourself?” Kacmarski asked with Gary Machinshok responding, “No.”
Gary Machinshok said he cut a deal with prosecutors to prevent a second set of charges regarding a second alleged victim not being filed.
“I come to a point it is more important to protect (the girl) than Misty,” Gary Machinshok said.