Friday, October 13, 2006

Woman who admitted raping a relative is labeled a sex predator

NBC4i:

Twyana Davis

A Franklin County judge labeled a woman a sexual predator and handed down the maximum sentence to her on Tuesday, a couple of months after she pleaded guilty to raping a relative.

Twyana Davis was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael Holbrook called Davis a sham and a manipulator during the sentencing, Burton reported.

The case began 11 years ago, when Davis admitted she dumped her newborn daughter in a trashcan at Ohio Dominican University.

Davis was charged with child endangering and was placed on probation. She eventually got her child back, and Davis became an outspoken advocate for other troubled teens who found themselves pregnant and alone.

In January, Davis admitted to police that the child she abandoned was conceived out of a rape that she committed, and that she assaulted a boy to whom she was related when he was about 12 years old.

"They really didn't know what was going on. They were young kids playing around," said Byron Potts, Davis' attorney.

Davis wrote a book, went on to start a group that counseled unwed pregnant teenagers but said in order to serve the community better she needed to confess her past. She also told investigators she sexually assaulted two or three other children, including an 18-month-old child, Burton reported.

Police never substantiated those allegations. Nevertheless, Holbrook called Davis a sham and a manipulator.

"It's been a series of manipulations in my eyes. I can understand your solace with God. At this point and time, you know, I have to look at it to protect society," Holbrook said.

Davis said she is not a danger to society. She didn't apologize in court, but told NBC 4 in a jailhouse interview that she is sorry -- sorry for the lies and those whom she hurt.

"I cannot change the past in any way. The only thing that I can do is look forward to continuing to better myself for the future," she said. "I know who I am and I am not those things."

Despite receiving the maximum sentence, Davis' attorney said she actually got a good deal. She pleaded guilty to just one count of rape. Her attorney said she could have been indicted on more than 100 counts of rape.

Davis said she can't understand why the judge labeled her a predator.

"It was a shock. I honestly put my fate in the hands of the Lord," she said.

Davis said she plans to appeal the sentence and the label of sexual predator. While in prison, Davis said she may write another book or longer manuscript.

The child who she dumped in the trashcan remains in foster care, Burton reported.

Davis was also fined $10,000.

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