STAY POSITIVE: The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems. -- Mahatma Gandhi
JANESVILLE — The young woman can't sleep unless her dad locks every door and window in the house.
Sometimes, the 17-year-old still can't sleep.
Her anxiety has gotten so bad she has collapsed.
She thinks Charles Alexander is coming to kill her. That's what he said he would do if she told anyone he forced her to have sex with him in their Evansville home, the girl's parents testified Thursday morning in Rock County Court.
Judge Richard Werner sentenced Alexander, 32, formerly of 311 Almeron St., Evansville, to 15 years in prison and 10 years extended supervision on a charge of second-degree sexual assault by a foster parent.
Alexander had sex with the girl Dec. 10 and told her he would kill her if she told anyone, according to the criminal complaint.
The girl told her special education teacher about the incident.
Alexander pleaded no contest in March. He had been free on a signature bond after serving one day in jail, according to court documents.
The girl went into treatment foster care because her father had difficulties caring for her special needs, the father said. She has an IQ of 63, according to court documents.
Before the assault, she was stable and doing well in school, her father said. Now, she has trouble sleeping and engaging with people.
"What small chance I thought she might have for a normal life has been shattered," her father said.
The girl lived with Alexander as a licensed foster parent for about a year and a half, Deputy District Attorney Perry Foltz said.
Alexander acknowledges that what he did was wrong, and he takes full responsibility for his actions, his family members and a family friend said Thursday in court.
"I have seen him from the first day take responsibility," said Alexander's mother, Barbara Alexander. "He got a hold of counseling to actually better himself."
Alexander addressed Werner and asked to be allowed to continue mental health treatment.
"I am so disgusted with myself for what I have done," he said.
Werner said he was concerned because Alexander said he thought it was natural to be aroused by the sight of a pretty, young girl. Werner believed the girl's description of the assault more than Alexander's, he said.
"This clearly is a serious offense," Werner said. "You were her a foster parent and in a position of authority and trust. You should know better. She indicates that you came on to her and brought this on to her. You saying otherwise is an indication of some denial in my mind—an indication that you don't understand or are not willing to accept the seriousness of your offense."
Alexander was licensed as a treatment foster care provider, which is a state license for foster parents of children with special needs. Rock County Child Protective Services did not license the home, CPS Director Sandy Brown has said.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40