Braeden Hendershott Arrested for Raping His 2 Underage Cousins with Aunt Jessica Cleveland’s Help
A young man from Oklahoma allegedly raped his two 14-year-old cousins with the help of his aunt, who encouraged the girls to sleep with him and bought them alcohol, contraceptive pills and a sex toy.
The Tulsa World reports that 19-year-old Braeden Hendershott of Owasso has been arrested and charged with three counts of second degree rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, lewd or indecent acts with a child and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor.
According to police documents, Hendershott’s 29-year-old aunt, Jessica Marie Cleveland, allegedly encouraged at least one of the girls to have sex with the young man. Cleveland has been charged with two counts of enabling child abuse and one count of furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor. She has not been arrested.
Cleveland met the girls in a Catoosa church. She allegedly befriended them, took them shopping and invited them to come hang out at her home.
According to police, Cleveland arranged meetings between Hendershott and the girls, who she allegedly gave vodka, wine coolers, ‘morning after’ contraceptive pills and a sex toy. Hendershott allegedly attempted to use the toy on one of the girls.
NewsOn6 reports that one of the girls told police that she was a virgin and repeatedly refused Hendershott’s advances, but she gave in after he kept insisting she have sex with him. The other girl also claimed to have been a reluctant participant, and that sex with Hendershott was painful.
The police affidavit claims that Hendershott knew the girls were underage and asked them not to tell anyone what happened to them. Cleveland also allegedly implored the girls to remain silent because she was afraid of getting in trouble for providing alcohol to minors.