Officials with the Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested three Klamath Falls, Oregon, residents in connection to the “kidnapping and sexual assault of a 63-year-old woman who lived with them,” according to February 25 report from ABC News. In a press release, police said that the victim was due to be committed to a State Hospital by order from the court but arrived at the facility with obvious physical injuries. The woman was transferred from the State Hospital to Salem Hospital where she arrived in critical condition.
The three arrested in connection to the victim’s injuries were identified as Florence Raley, 56, Melissa Shanhotlzer, 24, and John Martin, 29. The woman was related to Raley by marriage. Raley and Shanhotlzer were reported to be the victim’s caregivers. Shanholtzer is Raley’s daughter. All three of the suspects lived in the same house as their victim in the 3900 block of Homedale Road, according to Herald and News.
Raley, Shanhotlzer and Martin are all facing felony charges which include kidnapping, multiple degrees of assault and criminal mistreatment in connection to the alleged physical and sexual abuse of their victim. They were all arrested on February 22; but the abuse of 63-year-old woman is now being reported to have started as far back as October 2015. “All three are accused of holding the victim against her will, beating her with a metal spoon, breaking her arm and sexually abusing her,” according to ABC.
The OSP police report also described the unidentified victim as having been kept tied to a chair for hours on end, restrained with handcuffs, bungee cords and bedding, plus having been “sodomized by a plunger” while restrained, according to Herald and News. The 63-year-old victim suffered an array of injuries including multiple bruises, a broken arm, a detached retina and a MRSA infection. During a search of the home where the woman was allegedly held captive and abused, investigators discovered blood spattered throughout the residence and the presumed common household items used to assault the victim.
If convicted, Raley is looking at a minimum of 25 years to a maximum of 145 years in prison. Raley was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, four counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, tampering with a witness, tampering with evidence and first-degree criminal mistreatment.
Shanholtzer and Martin were both charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault and four counts of first-degree kidnapping. Additionally, Martin’s charges included fourth-degree assault. Shanholtzer and Martin, if convicted, could be sentenced to a minimum of seven years and six months to a maximum of 95 years behind bars.