HCSO: Babysitter sexually assaults kids with boyfriend; boasts in texts

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor , Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A woman is accused of sexually assaulting children with her boyfriend, and photographing the children for exploitation, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Ashley Virginia Dack, 29, was charged with sexual performance by a child and super aggravated sexual assault of a child. Her boyfriend, Patrick Schuneman, was also charged.

Court documents show that Dack and Schuneman were performing sex acts against innocent children, some as young as 11 months old, and would boast of their activities in sexually-explicit text messages to one another. Dack was a babysitter, giving her access to several victims.

"The defendants befriend women who have small children to gain access to the children," Tiffany Dupree, the chief prosecutor said.

Dack allegedly bragged about her exploits to a friend. The friend backed up text messages from Dack's phone after she asked him to charge it for her, then he contacted authorities on Oct. 14, 2014, and turned over the evidence, according to court documents.

Officers executed search warrants at Dack's and Schuneman's residences simultaneously. One item seized was an iPhone 4 and disturbingly graphic text messages were found.

A text message exchange between Dack and Schuneman on Aug. 30, 2012, read in part:

Dack: There is a little girl at lunch... Wanted you 2 to be hiding in my car and I could bring her 2 you.

According to court documents, Dack sent Schuneman multiple images of children engaging in sexual activity. One of the images showed Dack inappropriately touching an 11-month-old.

"The defendant and co-defendant shared text messages over time that suggest something more sadistic than your typical sexual abuse," Prosecutor Stephen Driver said.

Investigators tracked down the mother of the toddler and discovered that Dack babysat the child on May 10, 2013, the same day the pictures and text messages were sent.

Investigators said after reviewing the text messages, it was apparent the couple were conspiring and planning together to sexually abuse children and to photograph and video their exploits for their sexual gratification.

They moved forward with filing charges to get the couple off the streets and save other children from harm.

Dack's charges were filed Friday and her bond was raised Monday to $350,000.

Prosecutors believe Dack is a flight risk and a judge stipulated Monday that if she posted bail she would be required to surrender her passport and wear an ankle monitor.

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