February 23, 2018 01:17 AM
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday more charges in the case of a South Minneapolis home he called a "house of horrors." The significant other of Jerry Lee Curry is also charged in a case of abuse of two vulnerable adults and at least one child in their care.
Shelia Machelle Wilson, 48, is charged with two felony counts of criminal neglect with deprivation occurring over an extended period of time. Additionally, she is charged with neglect of a child, likely causing substantial harm to physical/emotional health.
Curry, 51, faces nine felony charges including stalking, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of criminal sexual conduct, two counts of criminal abuse by a caregiver of a vulnerable adult, one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of endangering a child.
Freeman said the children in the home and two vulnerable adults are safe homes with new guardians. Authorities were made aware of possible wrongdoing as early as April 2017, and Freeman said child protective services and the state's adult division intervened.
He called the investigation "methodical" and said it required "voluminous records," including medical records and waiting for test results to charge the couple.
"Frankly, we were all shocked at what we learned," Freeman said.
DNA results revealed Curry is the father of an infant child with one of the vulnerable adults whom he is related to. KSTP protects the identity of victims of sex crimes and is not revealing the relationship between the victims and Curry.
"The conduct of these two people in court is as repulsive and horrendous as anything that I've seen in my 18 years as county attorney," Freeman said.
He added more charges are possible as the investigation continues in the "complex and complicated case," and his team is seeking aggravating circumstances in sentencing.
"Hopefully he'll never see the light of day," Freeman said.
Curry made his first appearance in court Thursday and is being held on $750,000 bond. He's due for a court hearing March 22.
Prosecutors will seek an identical $750,000 for Wilson. It's unclear if she's in police custody at this time.
Updated: February 23, 2018 01:17 AM
Created: February 22, 2018 03:45 PM
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