The home of the notorious twin brothers which once served as “witness” to their horrible crime of child pornography will now pave the way to help a children’s advocacy group taking care of victims of sexual abuses.
Close to $50,000 from the sale of the Lexington, Kentucky home owned by the brothers, both convicted child abusers, will go to a local children’s advocacy group.
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with the Lexington Police, the Fayette County Attorney’s Office and the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass held a joint news conference on Wednesday afternoon where they announced the decision to give the funds of the sale of the house to a worthy cause.
The twin brothers were known as Jack and Jerry Cassidy, former Boy Scout leaders, were accused in 2014 of multiple sex-abuse crimes dating back decades. The twins were accused of abusing children, mainly boys from their local Boy Scout groups ages 8 to 15, from 1963 to 1986.
The Cassidy brothers were later convicted and sentenced on charges linked to child pornography and sexual abuse of minors. The sale of the house is then related to the twin brothers’ infamous case.
Just last September, Jerry Cassidy died while in prison.
A year after their conviction, the U.S. Attorney’s Office initiated in 2015 a civil forfeiture procedures on the convicted twins’ property. Rules governing forfeiture allow law enforcement entities to share the money from the proceeds of the forfeitures.
In the case of the notorious Cassidy child abusers, the FBI gave Lexington police and Fayette attorney the maximum allowable amount of $25,000 apiece. The law enforcement agencies then decided to give the money instead to the Children Advocacy Center (CAC).
The CAC assists in child abuse investigations by providing a location for interviews and medical examinations. They also give counseling and therapy to children who are victims of sexual abuse. Around 600 young victims come to the center each year to avail of the services or seek the center’s assistance.
Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Carlton Shier said: “These men committed appalling offenses against minor victims and used their home to facilitate their criminal conduct. We were able to use the tools available to us under federal law to forfeit an instrument of their cruelty and, with the assistance of our valued law enforcement partners, convert it into a genuine benefit to future child abuse investigations in our community and the provision of essential services to victims of child abuse.”