JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The parents of a 9-year-old girl on the Westside knew their daughter was being abused by a convicted sex offender and didn't put a stop to it, Channel 4 learned from state investigators.
According to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report, Mary and Christopher Perry allowed 51-year-old Robert Young to live in their home. Despite knowing that Young was a convicted sex offender, they allowed him to share a bedroom with their 9-year-old daughter, Channel 4's Emily Turner was told.
According to a police report, Young raped the girl on many occasions over the past several years.
The Department of Children and Families said it had known that Young was inside the family's home since November but didn't make him move out because he and the parents signed a safety plan agreeing there would be no unsupervised contact between Young and any of the three children living inside the home.
"You already know he's a predator, why would you allow him in the bed with a child?" a neighbor said. "Why would you have him in the house?"
DCF said it notified law enforcement about Young's status in November. While living with the Perrys, whose home is directly across the street from an elementary school, Young was also illegally close to three day care centers, but he was not arrested until March 4.
"To know there's someone like that right behind me, that's kinda creepy," a neighbor said.
The Perrys and the girl's maternal grandmother, Patricia Woloszynowski, were also arrested. Christopher Perry is charged with child neglect. Mary Perry is charged with child neglect and abuse.
The police report said Mary Perry saw Young lying in bed with her daughter and touching her inappropriately.
Mary Perry told investigators she ignored the situation because she was having a sexual relationship with Young and she was afraid he would tell her husband, according to the report.
Woloszynowski is charged with child neglect and was able to post bond on Monday.
She didn't comment regarding her family's situation.
"Can you tell us why not?" asked Turner. "Yeah," said Woloszynowski, "Because the courts told me not to."