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Sisters Divided In Sexual Abuse Case Against Father
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Mar. 14, 2012 6:14 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 14, 2012 6:30 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Two victims who are sisters have two very different feelings about the man who molested them for years, their father.
Richard Lane was sentenced Wednesday in Putnam County inside a divided courtroom. One daughter spoke of horrific memories of abuse from 1975 to 1983. Memories that haunt her to this day.
"What my father did to me was instilled on me that at any time my loved ones would leave me and he did that by telling me that at any time, my mother would leave me with him," said the victim to the courtroom.
But Lane's other daughter, also a victim, sat behind her father in support. "My father did this back in the 70's. It's not like he was running around here picking up little girls and doing this stuff. He made two mistakes in his life and that was me and her. And that's the only two people he hurt," said Jeanette Rosenberry.
Jeanette Rosenberry says that while her father inappropriately touched her and her sister for years, she thinks she did the right thing years ago by telling her mother and not going to police. She also doesn't understand why her sister after staying silent for so many years, went to authorities in 2011 three decades later. "She was the only other woman in this world other than my mother that I cared about. And now I don't care about her at all," she said.
Lane was sentenced to 20 to 100 years in prison for the abuse that lasted almost a decade. "I am not saying that what he was ok, because it's not! But I don't have my father, and I am blessed to say that I love you daddy," said Rosenberry.
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