Father Pleads Guilty to Incest With Daughter; Daughter Helped Him Sexually Abuse Children, Took Pictures

“SANTA ANA, Ca – A Santa Ana man faces a potential sentence of 145 years to life in prison after he was convicted Thursday of multiple counts of child molestation and taking pornographic photos of three pre-teenaged girls.

Article Tab : Russell Lee Engleman booking photo

Russell Lee Engleman, 49, who worked as a manager at an auto repair shop in Garden Grove, will likely never be eligible for parole. He is scheduled for sentencing by Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno on March 11.

A five-man, seven-woman jury deliberated for a day and a half before finding Engleman guilty of nine counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, three counts of using young girls for pornographic purposes, and one count of possession of child pornography for images found on his computer. He was also convicted of several penalty-enhancing allegations of substantial sexual conduct and committing crimes against multiple victims.

District Attorney Heather Brown argued that Engleman engaged in continuous sexual abuse with one of his victims from the time she was 9 until she was 13.

Brown said Engleman molested the second victim — daughter of a friend — over a three-year period by inviting his friend to visit with his daughter at the auto repair shop.

Engleman also used his adult daughter to help him molest and take pictures of the third girl, the daughter of another friend, when she was 12, Brown said.”

Engleman pleaded guilty to four counts of incest for having sex with his daughter when she was 17 and 18, but the reports on this case are pretty sketchy. What was the situation involving his daughter ‘helping him to molest and take pictures?’ The article says she was an adult –at least 18. Was she forced at knife point to take the pictures? Was she locked in the home, unable to escape and tell anyone that the crimes were happening? Is an eighteen year-old still a victim when they help molest or rape a child, and take photos of the crime for the child abuser? It’s difficult for me to find no fault in anyone, of adult age, who participates in the sexual abuse of a child –especially if the adult has access to the outside world. Being a victim yourself is one thing. Sure, an eighteen year-old can be a victim of rape by her father, absolutely. But when that eighteen year-old helps to abuse a child, and takes pictures or video of the sex crimes, this is a whole other level of involvement.

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3 Responses to Father Pleads Guilty to Incest With Daughter; Daughter Helped Him Sexually Abuse Children, Took Pictures

  1. Andre' says:

    There was probably more going on at an early age, than reporting. When you are born into it, you have no moral parameters, this is what they have learned about being on planet earth at an early age.

    • Anon says:

      I wonder if this girl lived in a home environment with the expectation that she “help” (read was forced to help) her dad “get girls”, “groom girls” & help “molest girls” from a young age. 18 is still a teenager. I know in places like America this is considered an “adult”, but lets be real it is only after one is truly past the teenage stage that you might start to feel like a true autonomous adult.

      Most teens and young adults are dependent on family (on and in multiple levels). When you file for financial aid in the US your parents info must be included because even the government still considered you dependent. Sometimes they way children are abused also makes them feel like what they say happens to battered women… they feel like they can’t leave. They may be in fear for their lives as well as other younger siblings in the home.

      Some abuser parents have their children so brainwashed and under their control that they live a “robotic” lifestyle. Not only do they feel out of control over some basic elements of their humanity, but they have never had any real control or understanding or enough information to know and understand how to gain control or just live for themselves.

      No I am not saying that I know this girls story or I can read her mind, but I believe that it is wrong and discouraging to decide to make harsh comments about someone who very well may be a victim. Since we (you & I) do not have all the details I think that it is more important to help encourage those who know about the type of abuse I’ve described and can immediately identify with the girl who was raped and used by her father.
      I can’t help but think that this man is the kind of sicko who likes to look at children doing sexual things together. That he somehow gets pleasure from seeing his offspring, forcing his offspring, manipulating his offspring in ways that make sure his daughters and any “friends” of theirs he can get his hands on will be all his… and not for just those “special moments”… but for all time. His trophies are the photos… his lustful nostalgia for his other “private” moments.

      I often wonder how anyone can expect someone on the day they turn 18 to know how to get out from under a bondage like this. (Oh, what a great birthday that would be!) To go unsupported, un-uplifted, and never encouraged at home and/or by society, all those who have been sexually victimized know this kind of despair on differing levels. It seems to me that even among the survivors and those who have been victimized there is a great disconnect understanding what is or how to identify victimization vs an abuser. All those who have been victimized know that when you have been victimized (whether for a moment or for all the years of your childhood) why you believe no one will believe you and why you feel like people will blame you. We know our own confusions and struggles (which mind you are solely because of the vices that our abuser or abusers place on and in us and/that ring us tighter and tighter until you seem to only live deep in confusions—emotional & psychological—and grave pain—again emotional & psychological… you know nothing else!

      Moral parameters…
      I know that victims feel and sense that something is not right no matter the kind of abuse (something intuitive). Over time, you try to find a way to rationalize what you feel vs the action of the abuse and the lies the victimizer tells you. Unfortunately most children don’t have the discernment to know the diabolical level of lies and manipulation abusers use as a tactic to have their way with you and will over you. Unfortunately when you are a child (even a teen) you believe what this “trusted adult” tells you; you believe your dad, your mom, your aunt, uncle, grandma, granddad, teacher, pastor, respected family friend, step mom, step dad, coach etc…. whoever it is that is hurting you. I believe that if the victim knew of a “moral” way out they would take it. Who really wants to be bound up by the physical and philological effects and aftereffect of abuse??? No child chooses to be abused. You don’t just wake up one day and say I wish my dad would rape me and then force me to bring my friends for a “session” and maybe we can take selfies… let me make that happen… I want to do it forever! Umm… NO… It don’t work that way!

      Love you Alethea, but I just cannot agree with how you blogged about this one.
      Ps019121314.
      Psalms 19:12-14 for short

      • Alethea says:

        I don’t find any harsh comments in what I wrote.

        I actually went pretty easy on her. But 18 is not a young teenager. Eighteen year-olds go out and have sex, go to college, and often get married or have successful careers.

        Eighteen is NOT innocent. 18 year-olds have a rational mind, and they KNOW right from wrong.

        You admit to identifying with her. Watch out for that. People can excuse all kinds of crimes because they identify with the person committing the crime.

        I don’t know her circumstances either. Maybe she was trapped physically and psychologically, but when you attempt to excuse an 18 year-old, you are essentially excusing what my 18 year-old sister did to me.

        “I believe that if the victim knew of a “moral” way out they would take it.”

        Sometimes, sometimes not. Some older teens abuse other children for self-gain becasue they gain favors, or they get money, or they aren’t beat up as badly if they do, or they aren’t punished if they do. That is all self-serving, ego-based behavior, and often not excusable in a moral sense.

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