JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More charges have been filed in the case of a Jacksonville couple accused of allowing a registered sex offender to molest their 9-year-old daughter.
Christopher and Mary Perry had been charged with child neglect. In court Thursday morning, prosecutors announced the couple is now also charged with capital sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation, the same charges filed against Robert Young, 51, who was staying with the family.
The Perrys pleaded not guilty at their arraignment.
The charges were also upgraded against the girl's grandmother, Patricia Woloszynowski. She will be arraigned Friday.
The Department of Children and Families said it learned in November that Young was staying with the girl's family. He and a second man, Michael Halveland, 39, were arrested earlier this month on charges of molesting the girl.
The agency said someone reported that Young was molesting the girl, but after thorough interviews, DCF said it didn't have any evidence to go on.
According to DCF investigators and Jacksonville police, the Perrys knew of the abuse and didn't protect their daughter. They said the girl's grandmother also knew of the abuse.
The girl's parents are charged as principles to the molestation.