When a Colorado mom’s worst nightmare came true, she turned to Facebook to open up. Her teenage daughter was sexually abused by her ex-husband and Catherine St. Germain from Loveland, Colorado didn’t know how to handle it. And it all came to light when she got a call from the police on April 23, 2015. That ended up being the worst night of her life. She was called into the police station and asked to arrive with her daughter – but not to tell her husband. St. Germain was not prepared for what was about to come. Life as she knew it would never be the same again.
Trying to keep an open mind, St. Germain arrived at the police station with her daughter. The police handed mom the statement that her daughter had previously given to the police. In it, the teenage girl accused Aaron Scott, St. Germain’s husband, of sexually assaulting her the night before.
St. Germain could not believe it was true. It was her worst nightmare come to life.
“… I started reading and I don’t think I even made it more than a couple of lines in,” the 34-year-old mother told KUSA. “And I just collapsed on her. And hugged her and told her I was so sorry and how much I loved her.”
When her husband sexually assaulted her daughter, the girl was just 15 years old.
St. Germain posted a video to Facebook where she held up successive notecards to tell the world her daughter’s story.
According to her notecard telling, St. Germain married Aaron Scott, a U.S. Navy veteran and an ex-cop, in June 2014.
But as soon as she learned about how he was sexually abusing her daughter, St. Germain faced the intimidating man and asked him to leave her home. She went through the paperwork of divorce and formerly divorced him in September of that year just a few months after she learned the truth about him.
Scott had maintained his innocence until DNA evidence proved that he had sexually assaulted the teenage girl. He has three children of his own.
When the DNA evidence proved he was guilty, he accepted a plea bargain. The ex-cop was sentenced to only 90 days in jail and eight years on the sex offender list.
This punishment was hardly enough for what he did to her teenage daughter. Now St. Germain warns other parents to beware of men around their daughters. She says that “monsters look and act normal.”
And she advised single mothers to double check sex offender registries to make sure their children are not getting close to someone with a past of violent sex crimes.
St. Germain’s video has gone viral in the wake of her ex-husband’s sexual assault. More than 39 million people have viewed it in just a few days.
In an interview with KUSA, St. Germain said she was proud of her daughter for going to the police and revealing the truth. She reacted to the sexual abuse with courage.
“I keep saying I didn’t do anything brave, my kid did. My kid did the bravest thing. She spoke out against the person who sexually assaulted her within 24 hours.”