A Tale of Two Abusers

In 2006 Susan Brock began sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy after grooming him for two years. The abuse occurred in her car at various locations. Shortly after Rachel Brock, Susan’s daughter, began sexually abusing the same boy. Rachel abused the boy at her family’s home. The pair did not know of the other’s actions, but the both continued the abuse for about three years.

In a strange coincidence, Susan is the wife of Fulton Brock, Maricopa County Supervisor. It appears that Fulton knew of the abuse and tried to protect his wife and daughter, going so far as to suggest in a note that the pair accuse the victim of raping them. He also asked one of the prosecutors for information about attorneys who defend sex offenders.

The affect on the boy was devastating. He was so emotionally distraught that he needed to attend a school designed for sexually abused children. Many of the students at his former school knew of the abuse and congratulated him for his “interest” in older women.

The outcome for Susan and Rachel was very different. Susan received a 13-year sentence:

In a hearing that revealed the agony of the teenaged victim and his family, a judge Thursday sentenced the wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock to 13 years in prison for sexually abusing a Chandler youth…. Brock could have received a minimum sentence of 7 years or a maximum of 15. Pinal County Superior Court Judge Robert Carter Olson said he considered an argument by Brock’s attorney that she also was a victim because she had been abused by her stepfather as a child. But Olson said that was outweighed by aggravating factors, including the length of time she abused the boy – three years – and the impact the assaults, secrecy, isolation and dishonesty had on him and his family.

Of course, her attorney argued that Susan should receive a lesser sentence because she was abused by her stepfather.

Rachel, on the other hand, got a slap on the wrist:

Rachel Brock, the 22-year-old daughter of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that she sexually abused the same teenage boy her mother also pleaded guilty to molesting.

The charges to which Brock pleaded guilty — two counts of child abuse with sexual motivation — are much less severe than those with which she was initially charged.

Brock originally was charged with seven counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of furnishing obscene materials to a minor. Had she been convicted of those charges, she could be facing decades in prison.

However, because of the plea deal, when she’s sentenced in August, Brock faces no more than a year in county jail, and 10 years probation — and she won’t have to register as a sex offender.

If the screwed-up nature of the Brock family was not enough, there is also this:

A judge has sentenced a Chandler woman who admitted to destroying evidence in a high-profile sexual abuse case.

Christian Weems was ordered Thursday to one year supervised probation for a misdemeanor count of computer tampering.

Investigators said 37-year-old Weems offered to help destroy evidence against Susan Brock, the ex-wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock.

This case kind of puts the Penn State situation in perspective. Covering up abuse is not a “man” thing, nor is it limited to powerful institutions. It is unfortunately something that some people just do.

3 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Abusers

  1. If you haven’t do a search on Joe Arpaiao and Maricopa County. The county arguably has the worst criminal justice system in the US.

  2. Pingback: Defending Injustice | Toy Soldiers

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