Affidavit: Waterville couple forced young girl to engage in sexual acts for years
WATERVILLE (WGME) -- A court affidavit unsealed on Monday is revealing horrific allegations of sexual abuse against a child.
Michael Stevens and his wife, Jennifer, are charged with gross sexual assault of a child under 12.
According to the affidavit, the now-16-year-old victim said the abuse started when she was nine and went on for years between 2010 and 2014.
Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said the case was forwarded to her office by the Department of Health and Human Services.
"The child disclosed (it) to a case worker at DHHS," said Maloney.
Just days later, on February 1, the couple was arrested at their Waterville home.
According to the affidavit, the victim told investigators she was forced to engage in sex acts with the couple, which they called "bonding."
The affidavit said some of the acts made the girl vomit, which she was then told to swallow, while other acts were photographed by Michael Stevens on a cell phone.
Court documents say the abuse happened every day and sometimes at night.
According to the affidavit, Michael threatened to kill himself if the girl told anyone, and told her she would "lose her guardian angels" and go to hell.
In the affidavit, she told investigators, "It wasn't until recently when she spoke to people at church that she learned that God did not operate that way."
Maloney said it's one of the worst cases she's ever seen.
"It's so hard to even read about it, let alone to imagine what the child went through," she said.
An attorney for Jennifer Stevens declined to comment on Tuesday, while Michael Stevens' attorney could not be reached.
Both suspects are being held on $250,000 cash bail and Maloney said she intends to keep it that way.
"The facts are very disturbing and we need to make sure these children are safe and all children are safe," Maloney said.
Both Michael and Jennifer Stevens remain at the Kennebec County Jail. According to court documents, their seven daughters are in the custody of DHHS.