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Couple's SICK Reason For Adopting Orphan Finally Revealed

When a little boy was adopted by a couple, he thought that his prayers had been answered. Now, the boy is grown, and he's filing charges against his adoptive parents.

A Californian couple adopted a 9-year-old boy from Russia ten years ago. For the next decade, the boy endured countless acts of sexual abuse from both of his adoptive parents. As it turns out, he was not the first child the man adopted and molested.

Ralph and Carolyn Flynn of Los Gatos adopted Denis Flynn from Russia when he was just nine years old. They found the boy in a Russian orphanage and brought him back to their home in the United States. Denis was excited about his new life.

Unfortunately, things went wrong very quickly. Ralph, now 73, began sexually molesting Denis shortly after adopting him. At first, Carolyn just looked the other way. After a few years, she began molesting Denis as well.

Denis, now 25 years old, says that he didn't say anything for 10 years about the sexual abuse he endured. The couple urged him to keep silent as they repeatedly raped him, telling him that their abuse was 'out of love'.

When Denis was 19 years old, he finally revealed to a friend and former teachers that he had been suffering sexual abuse during the whole time he was living with the Flynns. They reported the abuse to the authorities.

The Flynns were arrested. After a long process, the trial by jury was slated to start. The prosecutor expected the trial to last from three to four weeks and to be a grueling process. Denis would have had to testify at the trial.

Denis, who is a massage therapist in the Bay Area, felt prepared to go into battle. He was ready to relive the nightmare by taking the stand. At the last minute, he got some good news. The couple accepted a plea deal and Denis wouldn't have to testify.

“I am feeling relief and peace after all these years and excited for the future and building my life up.”

The plea deal was an unexpected surprise that came at the 11th hour, but it’s spared Denis a lot of trauma.

Both the Flynn parents had faced 44 criminal counts, including felony incest charges, sex abuse of a child, unlawful intercourse and lewd and lascivious acts. They both pleaded 'no contest'. Ralph faces a 24-year prison sentence, and Carolyn faces a 12-year sentence.

“I didn’t celebrate or jump for joy or cry,” he said. “My heart relaxed and all this tension I’ve been carrying all this time evaporated.”

“I’m really happy that Denis is getting justice,” said the prosecuting attorney. “I’m happy that Ralph and Carolyn both took accountability for what they did.”

Sadly, this wasn't the first time Ralph adopted a boy and made a sex slave out of him. Years before Denis, he adopted a boy with his first wife. That boy, now a man, remains anonymous. He never reported the incident, and Ralph and his ex-wife cannot be prosecuted for those crimes. The statute of limitations have passed.

Source: SF Gate
Photo: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

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