DENVER (CBS4) – A man has been formally charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. Police have also located the girl’s mother and she is in custody.
Kevin Carothers has been charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and aggravated incest.
Carothers, 35, was taken into custody last week. He remains in custody at the Denver Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
Theresa Carothers, 37, had been on the run. She is suspected of taking part in the assaults. Police located Theresa Wednesday afternoon. She was in the custody of police in Lakewood and was in the process of being booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
“It first came to light when the victim was finally able to tell a grandmother what was happening to her,” Lynn Kimbrough with the Denver District Attorney’s Office said.
The attacks allegedly began in the summer of 2009. Kevin Carothers is accused of forcible sex with his stepdaughter. Some of those initial attacks occurred at their West Denver home. The affidavit also indicates once the rapes had become regular the victim’s mother also participated in the assaults.
“Over the course of time between 2009 and 2011 there were allegations of repeated assaults from mother and stepfather,” Kimbrough said.
Theresa Carothers is accused photographing her daughter in explicit poses and sending them out in text messages.
“She said Theresa would take pictures when they were alone and then send them to Kevin,” Kimbrough said. “This is incredibly disturbing. This is a young woman who was victimized in an area that should have been a safe place.”
Kevin Carothers is a registered sex offender. He served prison time in 1998 for violating his probation from a sex assault conviction.
Police would not typically release the names of suspects involved in incest allegations for fear of harming the victim. However, detectives believe this case has special circumstances in that they were searching for Theresa Carothers at the time and wanted to get the information out to the public.