Mom pleads guilty to not reporting sexual assault of her daughter

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Sexual assault of a child
Ashley Larsen pleads guilty to a felony charge of Failure to Act/Sexual Assault of Child Monday September 10, 2018 in Racine County Circuit Court. She was charged with failure to report that her boyfriend was assaulting her daughter. She will be sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Mark Nielsen November 26. (c) Mark Hertzberg for www.racinecountyeye.com

Larsen entered the plea as part of a plea deal with the state, which is seeking an unspecified amount of prison time but asked the court for the sentence to be stayed. Instead, they are asking the court for Larsen to serve one year in Racine County Jail and three years probation.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 26. Racine County Felony Court Judge Mark F. Nielsen is not obligated to accept the state’s recommendation. Larsen faces up to 12 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $25,000.

Her boyfriend, Matthew D. Vivio, was charged in December by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with repeated sexual assault of a child. He pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced in August to serve 12 years in prison and eight years of extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint, Vivio sexually assaulted the girl for two years in her mother’s Mount Pleasant home. He and Larsen lived together for seven years.

The girl told her mother what had happened several days after the first incident, but she never reported it to authorities. When confronted by Larsen, Vivio initially denied the abuse but then confessed to Larsen and apologized for his behavior. In April, the girl reported the abuse to Larsen again. But Larsen told the girl not to tell her biological father because he would hurt Vivio.

The girl then reported the abuse to someone at her school, who brought in an investigator with the Mount Pleasant Police Department. The investigator learned that after the girl reported the incident to her school, she told her mother about what she had done. Larsen told the girl that she was happy she told someone about it.

Larsen framed the abuse as “not age appropriate,” but that “it wasn’t like rape or anything because he wouldn’t put anything in” her. Vivio allegedly touched the girl inappropriately. He also performed oral sex on the girl and had her perform oral sex on him.

Larsen told police during the interview that she knew something had happened, but nothing else had happened after her daughter reported the abuse to her. She admitted to having ” messed up ‘big time’” and that she had planned to leave Vivio after the holidays.


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