Two so similiar

Generations of abuse

Many people have them. Pictures of three generations of their family. Grandparent, parent, and one or more children of some age. A way to capture an instant of a family relationship, a memory to cherish, to store away and save for future generations.

But sadly, not all memories of a family are so happy. This is about one of those families. Police recently recovered over 8,ooo images of child pornography from one two family household's computer. They also suspect generations of sexual abuse of the children.

Kids who grow up being sexually abused, often are conditioned that this is normal, and is what is expected from the world. They may grow up to become abusers, or learn to ignore abuse of their children. They may participate in it.

In this home a 56 year old man, his 26 year old son, and a 73 year old man have been arrested. Their names are being withheld, in order to provide as much protection for the children as possible. The 56 year old is carged with first and second degree sexual assault, child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime. The 26 year old is charged with first and second degree sexual assault, and attempted first degree sexual assault. The 73 year old man is charged with child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

The children range in age from 9 months to 8 years of age. Normally, if one parent in the home is determined not to have been aware of the crime, or had made some definate attempt to stop the crime, authorities will try to keep as much of the family relationship together as possible. Therefore, I think it is significant that authorities are already moving to have parental rights terminated.

Police were first made aware of the possibilities of this crime, when alerted by a school official. Police do not think any of the pictures of the children made it onto the internet. They believe the abuse may date back as far as Dec. 2003.


Can I say this is generational abuse? Nope. But I can say if it isn't, it certainly seems headed that way.

Phyllis Gayle Riedle, 48, is the second person to be arrested in a child pornography case, the sheriff described as "worse than anything" he has come across in his police career. She has also been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The sheriff stated she has admitted to assaulting an 18 month old baby. Police also found nude pictures of the toddler's 7 year old cousin, taken while she was sleeping. Riedle was babysitting for them the night the assault happened. The parents of the children have been talked to about the findings and they have been advised to take their children to the doctor for exams.

Her brother Kevin Reidle, 41, was arrested in March, and the photos of the seven year old were found during the investigation into his child pornography case. He has been charged with possession and promotion of child pornography. Prior to his arrest, authorities had been trying to track his whereabouts for a year and a half. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had been recieving tips about his whereabouts from all over the country. He was a truckdriver, therefore was seen in numerous places.

About the porn, authorities say they have found "several thousands" of photos and "hundreds" of videos, ranging from a few seconds to 30 minutes in length. The children ranged from toddlers to teenagers. Authorities believe one of the photos found on the computer may be related to the recent shutdown of a child pornography site, that involved people from around the world.

Now why would I call this a possible generational abuse? Kevin and Phyllis are brother and sister. They lived together. They have admitted a sexual relationship between the two of them.

Phyllis's two children, a 14 year old daughter and a 12 year old son lived with them. Pictures of at least one of them were found on the computer. The children have been removed from the home.

The investigation is continuing, and authorities are still trying to identify some victims. They say more charges could be filed, and if the photo found is connected to the closed website, that could also result in federal charges.

Walker is asking parents of children who have had any contact with the Riedles to call him or Neagle at the sheriff’s office at (940) 627-5971.

In the first story, authorities are already saying it is generational. And those children were young, the oldest was 8. Can you imagine the life they have led at the whims of men in the household? They had no say over what was happening to them, what was happening to their bodies. To them this was what happens in life. It is "normal". This is how they were being taught to relate to people around them. So what will happen when they grow up and have children of their own? Thank goodness they are young, they may have a chance at learning that other people don't treat children this way. They may have a chance to learn what "normal" really is. But again, you can't unring a bell. What has happened to them will be with them the rest of their life. You can't see their scars. But they will be there.

In the second story, to me it was a shocker. Brother and sister not only cooperating in a pornography crime, but living together, and admitting to a sexual relationship. The teen years are such impressionable years. They are starting to feel their hormones, they have learned what they know about relationships from their mother and their uncle. To them, this is "normal". Authorities are saying more charges are possible. I have a feeling they may possibly find more, as they talk to the kids, but that is just a guess.

Now I have to admit. I normally either find my own stories in news sites or I write about stories sent to me about crimes committed in a home. But this time I "cheated". I picked up these stories at Lost In Lima, Ohio I knew when I read them, I just had to write about them. So ya'all help me show Lost in Lima how much we appreciate it, and pop over there too, will ya?



  1. Soobs said,

    March 28, 2006 at 3:46 am

    The first case, is from my home state, less than an hour away. Sick. And I find it extremely telling, that in all the newpaper and televised accounts, not one mention of an adult woman in that home. Not once. I don’t understand what is happening. Has it always been this depraved? Or are we hearing it more? Babies, and little kids, their lives forever changed. It makes me so sad.

  2. March 28, 2006 at 4:23 am

    I agree. Lives that will be so damaged, that the effects may not fully be known for years. I used to think sex abuse was done by dirty old men. Then I found out it was old men, young men, fathers, sons, priests, ministers, doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, and so many others. Now it is women too. Who can you trust?
    Do you think it may be the result of hiding it, and of protecting the children to the point of little or no prosecution, is just catching up with us?
    I don’t understand, I really don’t.

  3. sydney said,

    March 13, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    i was a neighbor of the lofquists and i was on spring break, but he was like a second father to me, and there family was pretty close to us, i can’t imagine what was going through his mind, i mean my parents had a hard time telling me what he did, and i can’t help but thinking, why wasn’t it me, why did it have to be lauren

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