East Tennessee Father's Bond At $1 Million In Electric Shock, Incest Rape Case

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Claiborne County (WVLT) -- A Claiborne County father is jailed and accused of shocking his daughters with an electric dog-training collar, then repeatedly raping them.

His wife has been charged with doing nothing about it.

The details of this story may be too graphic for many to hear, especially young children.

As you read on, know that we are not identifying the suspects because it, in turn identifies the victims.

Captain Sam Nelson is the lead investigator in this case.

"They just lived basically a shelter life, an abused shelter life," Capt. Nelson said.

And it's one like he's never seen before.

"I don't have words to describe this, I've never seen a case like this," he said.

One he hopes to never see again.

"It’s a sad day when parents do this to their children."

The case report includes descriptions of torture and incestuous rape.

Capt. Nelson describes what one of the teens said Tuesday in court about the torture with shock collars normally used to train dogs.

"You set your voltage, you put this on animals supposedly or whoever, in this case your child and you control the shocking intensity by turning this and hitting this button,” he said. “It sends the voltage to these two prongs right here, in to the body whether its a dog or a human."

The father appeared to have total control.

"These kids lived in such fear of their father, that the repercussions were something they couldn't bear either, so they just did not tell,” said Capt. Nelson.

They didn’t tell anyone until it escalated to an unbearable point.

The closest neighbors live about 300 yards away.

One neighbor told us the kids did not spend much time outside, certainly not like most kids.

Another neighbor said he just doesn't believe it, but Capt. Nelson certainly does believe it.

"I hope and every police officer does and that they get the maximum for what they did, the maximum punishment our law allows,” he said.

The 37 year old father is charged with aggravated child abuse and two counts of rape.

He is in jail on a $1 million bond.

His 35 year old wife is charged with aggravated child neglect and the failure to report abuse.
The 18 year old daughter and the other 3 children are in foster care.

The case goes before the Claiborne County grand jury on December 3rd.

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