(COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE) — A federal judge will hear claims that church and public officials did nothing to stop years of torture and sexual abuse suffered by the six natural and foster children of Zion and Glenda Lea Dutro.
Zion Dutro accepted a plea deal to avoid trial and was sentenced to 300 years in prison in April 2011. Glenda Lea Dutro pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 15 years for her role in the abuse.
The Dutros’ four biological daughters and three foster children, all of whom are now adult women, say the physical and sexual abuse began in 1982 and continued until 2003. But they say the Dutros continued to abuse them psychologically, physically and verbally until their arrest in 2008.