DA: Nancy Garrido lured, taped 5-year-old
PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Despite the claims of Nancy Garrido’s attorney, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said Thursday the wife of Phillip Garrido deserves no mercy for her role in the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard.
Shortly after the Garridos’ most recent public appearance, Pierson issued a statement addressing attorney Steve Tapson’s claims that Nancy Garrido was not only innocent of any sexual assaults, but acted as a mother to Dugard and her daughters.
Although Tapson previously told reporters that Nancy Garrido was responsible for snatching the then 11-year-old Dugard from near her South Lake Tahoe home, the attorney has long maintained his client had nothing to do with the rape of Dugard and should therefore receive a lesser sentence.
Pierson’s statement, though, offers a different perspective.
The District Attorney alleges Nancy Garrido was more than an unwilling participant in her husband’s sexual desires during Dugard’s captivity.
The release states that Nancy Garrido actually lured and videotaped a 5-year-old child to “bend over in front of the camera” in 1993 to provide her husband with “sexually perverse entertainment.”
Pierson’s release, in its entirety, is as follows:
“A few weeks ago, Mr. Tapson publicly questioned my lack of compassion for his client Nancy Garrido. He asserted that his client ‘fully confessed’ to the crimes and deserves to get less time in prison because Nancy Garrido was ‘like her mother’ when Jaycee’s children were born, and he claims somehow that Nancy Garrido was not an active participant in the alleged crimes.
“Let’s set the record straight for Nancy Garrido and her attorney… Terry Probyn is Jaycee’s mother.
“Perhaps my alleged lack of compassion comes from my awareness of many disgusting facts concerning Nancy Garrido’s personal involvement in this case.
“We would like Nancy Garrido and her attorney to ask themselves what type of ‘mother’ would marry a convicted rapist and kidnapper in Leavenworth prison, then assist in videotaping young children in parks for years, then assist in the abduction an innocent 11-year-old girl off the street, and then allow years and years of sexual assaults?
“Nancy Garrido’s attorney claims that she deserves ‘mercy’ and that she was just an ‘unwilling participant.’
“But, where was Nancy Garrido’s mercy when she, and she alone, imprisoned Jaycee Dugard for 42 days back in 1993 when her husband was in federal custody on a parole violation?
“And, how can Nancy Garrido or her attorney attempt to claim that she was an unwilling participant when in 1993 Nancy Garrido was in the back of a van luring and videotaping a 5-year-old child to bend over in front of the camera?
“Nancy Garrido was not an unwilling participant. She was actively videotaping a 5-year-old child for the express purpose of providing her rapist husband with sexually perverse entertainment.
“She did all of this two years after abducting Jaycee, who was still imprisoned in the Garridos’ back yard.
“Not only was Nancy Garrido directly involved in the kidnapping of Jaycee back in 1991, but she actively participated in videotaping young children before and after the 1991 abduction.
“So, having viewed all of the evidence and videos in this case I will answer Mr. Tapson’s question – no, I do not think that Nancy Garrido deserves my compassion.”
Tapson, when asked for comment Thursday afternoon, said his client had already confessed to the videotaping allegation.
The victim, Tapson said, was a child found by the couple at a public park. Tapson said the Garridos did not touch the victim but that Nancy Garrido only filmed the 5-year-old at the behest of her husband.
“Nancy, for all the bizarre reasons, married this guy who changed her into a crankster,” Tapson told the Mountain Democrat. “There is some goodness about her. After the second child was born, she cared for it and fed it… There is some quality of mercy in her acts.”
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