Drug addict mother repeatedly forced 11-year-old daughter to have sex with her employer so she could buy heroin
April Corcoran was found guilty of numerous felony counts and sentenced to 50 years behind bars for forcing her daughter, 11, to have sex with her employer Shandell Willingham, 45
An Ohio woman was found to have repeatedly forced her 11-year-old daughter to have sex with a man she was working for so she could buy heroin. 30-year-old April Corcoran of Pleasant Plain was so poor she lived in her parents' backyard. Her heroin addiction also meant she was willing to go to any lengths to get her hands on it.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Corcoran began forcing her daughter to have sex with her employer Shandell Willingham, for whom she sporadically worked cleaning homes and businesses. Prosecutors at Willingham's trial say he sodomized, raped, and then forced the pre-teen to perform oral sex on him at his Camp Washington home between February and June 2014, with some of the acts even being recorded.
Court documents state that Corcoran arranged multiple meetings with the now 45-year-old Willingham in the time frame and that the latter would often be left alone with the 11-year-old girl. This past week, he appeared at the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court and plead guilty to charges of rape, sex trafficking, and child pornography.
The overseeing Judge Leslie Ghiz subsequently sentenced him to 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal that both sides had agreed upon, though she made her feelings on the 45-year-old very apparent. "I have not seen a worse case," she said. "Thank your lucky stars for this plea deal. It makes my stomach turn. I can barely look at you," she continued, adding how she had only accepted the deal because the girl was "struggling to be here at the trial" and that it was in her best interests that she not be dragged into a courtroom.
This was not Willingham's first sentencing regarding such charges either. He was already serving 42 years in prison in Indiana on drug charges and child pornography charges and will continue to serve that sentence at the same time as the Hamilton County sentence.
Ghiz had previously sentenced Corcoran in 2016 as well. According to WCPO, the mother was indicted on 27 felony counts that included complicity, corrupting another with drugs — she admitted to sometimes giving heroin as a reward even though the child vomited every time — endangering children, and trafficking in persons.
She had refused a plea deal from the prosecutors that would have seen her given 50 years of prison time, with her lawyer James Bogan saying, "My client does wish to take responsibility for her actions. She does not wish to have her daughter go through further trauma by having to testify at trial. She's been very adamant about that with me. And, she knows that a sentence that amounts to life in prison is a very realistic possibility." She was later sentenced to 51 years to life by Ghiz.
As for the 11-year-old girl, she has reportedly undergone medical care and is still experiencing emotional trauma because of the repeated sexual assaults. She is said to be currently living with her father.