Somerset will prosecute allegations of horrific sexual abuse that started at age 4, while charges sought in Accomack
A woman who says her stepfather and birth mother sexually abused her for years is asking the Accomack County Commonwealth’s Attorney to prosecute them as Somerset County is doing.
Stacey A. Spione, 40, sent a certified letter to Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Agar on Dec. 22 asking him to press charges against Khalil Muslimani and her mother, Ruth Carpenter, both of whom she said abused her repeatedly from the age of 4.
Agar is out of the office until Dec. 29 and could not immediately be reached for comment.
Carpenter was married to Muslimani when the alleged abuse began. The couple later divorced.
Delmarva Media Group does not identify victims of sexual crimes, but Spione wanted her name used.
She said that earlier this year, she decided to speak up.
“In August is when it hit. It was just nagging and nagging and nagging. I couldn’t get it out of my head. … I started to envision myself talking to people, I envisioned myself being in court,” Spione said.
Spione continues to be treated for post-traumatic stress disorder as result of the alleged abuse — which she said included being impregnated by Muslimani at age 11 and a subsequent abortion, followed by giving birth to four children fathered by her stepfather.
Muslimani arranged for her to marry him in 1989, when she was 15 — the marriage license incorrectly gave her age as 18, she said.
After thinking for four days about taking the step, Spione called the State’s Attorney’s office in Columbia, Maryland, where she lives, and told the bare facts of her story. She got a return call from an investigator within 20 minutes, she said.
Muslimani was convicted in 1990 of sex offense charges and was sentenced to several years in prison. One of the charges, having carnal knowledge of a child, was about her, Spione said in her letter to Agar.
But, Spione said, “I never testified, I never spoke up” at that time.
Now she wants Muslimani charged with rape.
“It started when I was 4 years old. It was never an option for me to have a choice,” she said, adding, “If you ask me, this is worse than murder because it never ended.”
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SOURCE: Carol Vaughn, DelmarvaNow