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Suspect in Ashland slave case pleads guilty

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Jessica Hunt, Jordie Callahan, Daniel J. Brown (Source: Ashland County Sheriff Office) Jessica Hunt, Jordie Callahan, Daniel J. Brown (Source: Ashland County Sheriff Office)
Dezerah Silsby (Source: Ashland County Sheriff Office) Dezerah Silsby (Source: Ashland County Sheriff Office)
One of the Ashland homes where mom says she was held hostage. One of the Ashland homes where mom says she was held hostage.
ASHLAND COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

Law enforcement officials say that on Thursday, July 25, an Ashland man pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy for his role in a holding woman with cognitive disabilities and her child against their will and forcing the woman to perform manual labor.

Daniel J. Brown, 33, admitted that from between August 2010 through October 2012, he conspired with Jordie L. Callahan, Jessica L. Hunt and Dezerah L. Silsby to establish and continue a pattern of domination and control over their victims, identified only as S.E. and B.E.

Brown's plea agreement says he will fully cooperate and testify if necessary.

Callahan, 26, Hunt, 31, and Silsby, 21, all of Ashland, were indicted earlier in July on multiple charges.

Their tactics included beating S.E., threats of beatings to S.E. and B.E., taunting and threatening the victims with pit bulls and snakes, causing the victims to sleep in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, restricting B.E. and S.E.'s access to the bathroom, preventing them from eating regular and suitable meals and forcing S.E. to eat dog food and crawl on the floor while wearing a dog collar, according to the indictment.

Callahan pointed a firearm at S.E.'s head and threatened to kill her if she did not perform the labor and services he and other conspirators commanded. Callahan also forced S.E. on multiple occasions to engage in sex acts with him and threatened that he and Hunt would kill S.E. if she told anyone about the forced sexual acts, according to the indictment.

Callahan, Hunt and Silsby face one count each of the following: conspiracy to violate laws; forced labor; theft of government benefits and acquiring a controlled substance by deception.

Callahan and Hunt face an additional charge of tampering with a witness.

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