He threatened to hurt her favorite teddy bear, but when the 13-year old girl tried to get away from her 19-year old brother, he tied her left hand to the bed post and molested her. But despite repeatedly molesting both his 13-year old sister and 15-year old sister, and admitting to the crimes, Josiah Onasch went to jail for just 1 year after cutting a plea deal with Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ’s office in 2012.
Happ is running as the Democratic candidate to replace outgoing Attorney General JB Van Hollen, a Republican.
Happ’s office originally charged Onasch with six felony counts including three counts of sexual assault of a child, one count of false imprisonment and two count of incest with a child. The combined charges carried a maximum penalty of 226 years of imprisonment.
The 13-year old victim told the court, “I feel so ugly and its [sic] hard to look at myself in the mirror…I live with guilt that I should have tried harder to stop it.”
But despite Onasch admitting to the crimes, Happ’s office cut a plea deal with him, dropping four of the six charges – including all three sexual assault of a child charges. The result was Onasch being charged with just two count of incest with a child, felonies in their own right, which carried a maximum sentence of a combined 80 years imprisonment.
But as Happ’s office has done in several other cases Media Trackers has analyzed, just a fraction of the maximum 80 years was asked for by prosecutors in the plea deal. The judge in the case went on to sentence Onasch to just one year in jail and 12 years probation, with Huber privileges for treatment.
“I always wanted an older brother that loved, and protected me. But sadly I got Josiah. A disgusting older brother that didn’t care about anyone but himself…Josiah wouldn’t know, but he took my innocence as a child away from me,” one of the child victims wrote to the court.