Mentally handicapped woman's accused molester finally arrested
SEBASTIAN, Fla. (CBS12) —
“My feelings inside of me are pain and a lot of hurt,” said Robert Blanchard. His mentally handicapped daughter says she’s been sexually assaulted by her caregiver for years.
Dawn Blanchard, 43, has been living at Bridges in Brevard County for the last ten years.
She didn’t want to answer any questions on Monday but she did say “I hate him,” referring to Willie Shorter.
Shorter worked at Bridges for the last eight years until he was put on suspension and then arrested Feb. 8, 2019. Shorter was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery of a disabled adult.
“I don’t know how many times she was assaulted before he slipped up,” said Robert.
Three years ago, Dawn unexpectedly had a baby boy. His name is Robert Blanchard III.
“He has a smile that will brighten the world,” said Robert. He added, “he’s a beautiful child and so intelligent and I never want to let him know his biological father was a criminally insane rapist.”
The Blanchard’s attorney, Kevin Smith, said when Dawn had the baby there wasn’t enough probable cause. However, when Dawn complained of being sexually assaulted again, deputies were able to push a little harder.
"They were able to get a DNA sample from Mr. Shorter which confirmed 99.99% that he was in fact the father of Robert III," Smith said.
Shorter is out on bond. A reporter from CBS12’s sister station knocked on his door but got no answer. Smith said Shorter’s wife still works at Bridges.
As for Dawn, Robert said she has to go back to Bridges because their family is financially strapped and his daughter needs the constant care and medical attention.
“I don’t feel safe. I really don’t, but I have no choice,” said Robert.
The President for Bridges said they followed proper procedures and policies.