WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke couple will spend time in county prison on child-endangerment charges for failing to report or prevent a teen from sexually assaulting another teen on several occasions, according to court documents.
Laurie Ann Davis, 35, and John E. Davis Jr., 44, were remanded to custody on Friday by Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough.
Laurie Ann Davis was sentenced to spend nine to 23 months on one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child, with a concurrent nine-to-23-month sentence on a second felony count.
John Davis received a three-to-12-month sentence for a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, but is immediately eligible for work release.
According to court documents, a teen under 16 reported being sexually assaulted by an unnamed 16-year-old. When investigators interviewed family members in January, Laurie Ann Davis told them she learned of the abuse about a year previously, and admonished the older youth for not wearing a condom, according to an affidavit. “Hence, the abuse continued well beyond (Laurie) Davis being informed,” investigators wrote.
John Davis, meanwhile, responded to reports of abuse by telling the youth to channel his urges by going into the bathroom with pornography, investigators said.
But the abuse continued, according to court documents, with the victim telling investigators that the most recent incident was on Jan. 27, two days before officials were informed of the situation. The complainant and unspecified younger siblings were then taken into protective custody, investigators said.
The Davises are prohibited from having any contact with the victim, and no unsupervised contact with any minors. Laurie Ann Davis also was instructed to follow all guidelines and recommendations made by children and youth services.
Both must undergo mental health evaluations, and Laurie Davis must, as a felon, submit a DNA sample.