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Hunt said she tried to help alleged victim; defense rests case
Jessica L. Hunt, one of two people accused of imprisoning and abusing a mentally challenged woman, today testified that she was trying to help the 30 year old.
Police officers testify about rape allegations
Ashland police officers testified Monday about their investigation into the alleged force labor and imprisonment of a cognitively-impaired woman and her five-year-old daughter by Jessica L. Hunt, 31, and Jordie L. Callahan, 26.
Co-defendant says alleged victim routinely abused, denied food
A codefendant in the labor trafficking trial of Jessica L. Hunt, 31, and Jordie L. Callahan, 26, testified Friday that he used his previous romantic relationship with the cognitively impaired alleged victim to lure her back to her alleged abusers after she had escaped the squalid basement where she was imprisoned along with her 5-year-old daughter.
Officials fail to see alleged victims when they visit Ashland home
Social workers made several visits to an Ashland home during the time that federal prosecutors allege the tenants were imprisoning and abusing a cognitively-impaired woman and her 5 year-old daughter.
Defense attorneys say revenge motivated alleged victim
An attorney representing a man accused of raping and torturing a cognitively impaired woman today tried to paint his client as a victim.
Woman allegedly held by an Ashland couple testifies
A woman who prosecutors say was imprisoned by an Ashland couple testified Tuesday in federal court that her captors held her against her will by using violence, rape and humiliation.
Prosecutors create model of enslavement house
The house at 509 W. Main St., Ashland, which has three apartments, is where defendants Jordie L. Callahan, 26, and Jessica L. Hunt, 31, lived with the 30-year-old alleged victim and her 5-year-old daughter. Prosecutors claim the defendants imprisoned the mother and daughter in the basement and then on the second floor of their apartment, letting them out only to perform household tasks or to go to the store.
Federal prosecutors detail horrors in enslavement case
In the federal government’s trial brief, prosecutors say the defendants were initially kind to the alleged victim and eventually began treating her “as their possession,” going so far as to take her government assistant money and forcing her to do household tasks.
Callahan’s lawyers say victim paid couple to live with them
Attorneys for Jordie L. Callahan, 26, of Ashland, plan to present evidence showing the alleged victim wanted to live with the couple and offered to pay for rent and food.
Hunt’s defense says forced labor charge misused
Attorneys for Jessica L. Hunt, 31, of Ashland, in their trial brief say they plan to show the charges against their client were historically used in cases of imprisonment of undocumented immigrants and are being misused in this case.