Rugby Woman Sentenced For Child Abuse At DaycareA Rugby woman charged with 2 counts of child abuse was given the maximum sentence today. Lori Ann Voeller is charged with abusing kids at a daycare she ran from her home.
By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ
A Rugby woman charged with two counts of child abuse was given the maximum sentence today. Lori Ann Voeller is charged with abusing kids at a daycare she ran from her home.
In September Voeller was found guilty on two of eight counts of child abuse. She faced a maximum of ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each charge, and she will do jail time.
After 86 days of being under house arrest after her trial, Lori Ann Voeller was taken away to jail today. Her lawyer asked for leniency, and that she be given probation. But parents who took the stand asked for more.
Mandy Marquart/Victim's Mother: "I just want everybody to know that this isn't something that's going to go away. It's going to be something that we're going to think about every day for the rest of our lives."
Prosecutors also asked for jail time. They cited the seriousness of the charges: Class B felonies. Voeller herself asked for leniency, but Judge John McClintock said she broke the parents' trust before delivering the maximum sentence. Prosecutors say they were pleased with it.
Jonathan Byers/Prosecutor: "He did issue a sentence that I think does reflect how serious this case was."
Voeller was sentenced to ten years per count, with all but three years suspended. Since she will serve the terms concurrently, she'll spend up to 3 years in prison. Victims' family members say they were relieved to hear the sentence.
Lance Zietz/Victim's Father: "As a parent you're always hoping for the maximum, but I am pleased with what did happen."
Kristen Bohl/Victim's Aunt: "I'm very glad she got what she did, even though she deserves more."
Voeller also must register as an offender against children. After she is released she is not allowed to possess firearms or have any contact with any of the victims or their families.