- Shawn Ussery, 42, of Florida, charged with sexual battery and aggravated child abuse
- His 37-year-old live-in girlfriend is facing counts of failure to protect children and lewd and lascivious exhibition
- Arrests reports state the mother performed oral sex on Ussery in front of a child because she was jealous and said: ‘he was mine first’
- Ussery is accused of smoking meth with one of the kids just three days before his arrest
A 42-year-old Bradenton man sexually abused his live-in girlfriend’s children multiple times and smoked methamphetamine with at least one child there, while the woman did nothing to protect her children, authorities alleged Tuesday after arresting the couple.
Shawn Ussery, of the 2300 block of 53rd Avenue West, was taken into custody and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery by a familial authority, 16 counts of capital sexual battery and 1 count of aggravated child abuse, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman, Amy Muse, 37, also was arrested and charged with child abuse, failure to protect the children, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
According to reports, investigators moved to arrest Ussery after Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputies received information that he had sexually abused children at the residence for the past five years. The children, when questioned, told investigators that Muse, their mother, knew of the abuse but did nothing to stop it.
Instead, the children told deputies, Muse grew jealous, and forced one child to watch as she performed oral sex on Ussery, despite the child’s protests.
The children also told investigators that methamphetamine was smoked in the house, with one child smoking the illegal drug with Ussery as recently as three days ago. A drug test later confirmed the presence of the drug in the child, according to reports.
Both Ussery and Muse remain jailed with no bond, a sheriff’s office press release stated.
Man ‘sexually abused his girlfriend’s children for five years, smoked meth with one of them – and their mother did nothing to stop him but became jealous’
A Florida mother and her live-in boyfriend are facing a slew of child abuse charges after sheriff’s officials say the man repeatedly molested his girlfriend’s children – and she did nothing to stop him.
According to the Manatee County’s Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Shawn Ussery had not only sexually abused the minors for five years, but he also smoked methamphetamine with at least one of the victims.
Ussery was arrested Tuesday at his home in Bradenton on 10 counts of sexual battery, 16 counts of capital sexual battery and a single count of aggravated child abuse.
His 37-year-old girlfriend is facing charges of child abuse, failure to protect the children, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
The couples’ arrest reports cited by Sarasota Herald Tribune indicate that Shawn Ussery was taken into custody after law enforcement officials received a tip that the 42-year-old man had been abusing his girlfriend’s children.
When interviewed by officers, the kids confirmed that information and revealed that their mother was aware of the molestation and did nothing to protect them from her boyfriend’s advances.
The children claimed that instead of turning her boyfriends in to the authorities, the 37-year-old mother grew jealous and forced one of her children to watch as she performed oral sex of Ussery.
MyFox Tampa Bay reported that the woman then allegedly declared in reference to Ussery: ‘He was mine first.’
Besides the alleged sexual abuse, the children living in the household were also exposed to drug use, with at least one of the kids allegedly smoking meth with Ussery as recently as three days before his arrest.
The arrest reports state that a blood test later confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in the child’s system.
Online jail records show that Ussery has a lengthy criminal record encompassing more than a half dozen arrests on DUI, cocaine, theft and burglary charges dating back to at least the late 1990s.
The couple are being held without bond at Manatee County Jail.
Bradenton man accused of smoking meth with girlfriend’s kids, sexually abusing them
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) – A Bradenton man and his girlfriend are accused in a disturbing case of child abuse that investigators say involved children smoking meth and being sexually abused.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Shawn Ussery, 42, and Amy Muse, 37, lived together in Bradenton with Muse’s children. Ussery sexually abused the kids for the last five years and Muse did not try to stop him or prevent it.
An arrest affidavit detailed the alleged abuse. It said that the children told investigators that Amy Muse was jealous of all the attention they were getting and she performed oral sex on Ussery in front of them, despite one child’s protest.
When the child protested, Muse said, “He was mine first,” according to the affidavit.
The children also told police the couple smoked meth in the house and one of the children smoked meth with Ussery, which a drug test confirmed.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Ussery and Muse Tuesday. Muse was charged with child abuse, child abuse failure to protect, and lewd and lascivious exhibition. Ussery was charged with 16 counts of capital sexual battery, ten counts of sexual battery by a familial authority and one count of aggravated child abuse.
Both are jailed without bond.