Athens, GA (The Weekly Vice) - Georgia couple Matthew Freethy-Swimm and Melissa Jones have been jailed after they allegedly raped a 10-year-old autistic boy at knife-point.
According to police, a 10-year-old autistic boy was raped at knife-point after the boy's mother asked the couple to watch her son while she took her younger child to the emergency room following an accident.
The victim's mother is reportedly the couple's landlord and both of her sons (ages 10 and 9) are autistic.
Investigators say Freethy-Swimm and Jones wasted no time in sexually assaulting the boy after his mother pulled out of the driveway. The victim told detectives that Freethy-Swimm held a knife to his throat while Jones sexually assaulted him.
The victim also stated that after the assault, Jones bragged about "taking the virginity of a minor," according to the arrest affidavit.
After the incident, the boy reportedly began having behavioral issues that persisted for several weeks. Three weeks after the incident the boy ran out of his house and confronted Freethy-Swimm and Jones over the alleged abuse and "being forced to have sex with Jones." Bystanders reportedly had to pull the alleged victim away.
That's when the boy gave a detailed description of what happened to him to his mother, a therapist and police. Later, the boy was given a forensic examination at The Cottage Sexual Assault Center, where he was interviewed by an expert who specializes in communicating with autistic children.
Following the interview, a warrant was obtained for Freethy-Swimm and Jones' arrest. They were booked into jail and charged with felony statutory rape and child molestation.
Freethy-Swimm was additionally charged with aggravated assault. He is also wanted in Massachusetts on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Jones was additionally charged with sexual battery.
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