Two girls escaped from a Florida farm the place they have been held captive, compelled into arduous labor, and bodily and sexually abused for years by an unhinged couple getting ready for the top of the world, authorities mentioned.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s workplace busted Crawfordville husband and spouse Mirko Ceska, 58, and Regina Ceska, 55 on Friday, culminating a near-two-week probe that started when the victims escaped the farm, about 20 miles outdoors of Tallahassee, and alerted police, officers mentioned.
“The females described Mr. and Mrs. Ceska as doomsday preppers who had getaway properties situated all through the US and meals rations and weapons saved within the occasion of a significant calamity,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned in a Fb put up on Friday.
“The females acknowledged they’d been educated to boost pigs, increase sheep, develop varied fruit and veggies, sheer sheep, make the most of a loom, and stitch,” the put up continues.
The alleged victims — whose identities and ages weren’t disclosed — informed cops they weren’t allowed to have cellphones or pals. They have been additionally informed by no means to agree, discuss to or shake palms with anybody in public.
Disobeying resulted in punishments together with hunger, verbal abuse and beatings, the victims mentioned, authorities mentioned.
Mirko Ceska allegedly beat the captives with a steel rod, and one of many victims was bruised on her again and arm when she confirmed as much as the sheriff’s workplace, authorities mentioned.
He allegedly compelled intercourse acts on his hostages too — “some with the assist of Regina Ceska,” based on police, who allegedly discovered proof of an Web seek for “incestuous video” on his telephone.
Cops additionally mentioned they found a video the place Mirko was screaming on the alleged victims inside inches of their faces, saying they’d stolen meals.
The alleged victims escaped the farm on June 28, and reported their alleged tormentors to cops three days later.
Police mentioned they discovered “giant portions of meals rations and survivalist objects,” on the property, together with “top quality firearms and lots of instances of ammunition.” A number of the weapons have been hidden behind false partitions and a staircase, police mentioned.
The Ceskas have been each charged with neglect, and Mirko faces intercourse abuse fees, cops mentioned.
The couple have been interviewed in a 2009 Related Press article about over-medication of youngsters in foster care, and mentioned that they’d adopted two 12-year-old twin ladies a yr earlier, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
“Once we noticed them the primary time and so they have been on all these medicines,” Regina Ceska informed the outlet. “Their habits was completely horrible and you might nearly not management them.”