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A mom and her boyfriend have been sentenced to life in prison...another goes on trial today.

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A building that once housed a daycare center and later became a "swingers' club" in Mineola, Texas turned into a house of horrors for four children who were forced to perform sex acts on others and each other.

Shauntel Mayo, 29, the ringleader of this unthinkable abuse, made her three kids (then age 5, 6, and 7) and her own 6-year-old baby sister perform sex acts if they wanted dinner. "The unthinkable," said Smith County assistant district attorney Joe Murphy. "She had her kids have sex with each other and taught them to masturbate. She taught them how to strip. She withheld food from them. All so she could make money."

According to prosecutors, the kids were groomed for sex shows in what Mayo called "kindergarten" classes. At "kindergarten," they said they learned how to strip, dance and perform sexual acts--first on dolls, then on each other. Upon "graduating" from "kindergarten," they were forced to have sex with each other in front of 50 to 100 adult members of a swingers' club once a week. Before going on stage, they were given the painkiller Vicodin  -- which their abusers called "silly pills" -- to loosen them up for their performances. The children were forced to have sex with each other or perform sexual acts for club members who paid a fee to watch. Investigators believe up to 15 other children were victimized, and are still trying to locate them.

According to the Associated Press, the police department first investigated a complaint in June 2005 in which the siblings' foster mother said one of the girls described dancing toward men and another child said that "everybody does nasty stuff in there."

"We learned to strip (at 'kindergarten')," said the 7-year-old. " I had to touch my privates with my sister's and brother's privates for the people in the club."

The mother of the three siblings and her live-in boyfriend have already been convicted in the case and were sentenced to life in prison. A third person goes on trial today to face charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, tampering with physical evidence and engaging in organized criminal activity. Four others are awaiting trial.

The siblings, who have been adopted and have gone through intense therapy, are now doing better, the welfare agency said. However, the man who gained permanent custody of the children, John Orville Cantrell, 64, of Mineola, was arrested last week for aggravated sexual assault of a child on a California case from 18 years ago.

His wife, Margie Cantrell, who has been a foster mom for 36 years, said Thursday she believes the accusations are in retaliation for their roles in the Mineola sex ring case. "What John and I want to do is continue to seek justice for the kids in this case," she told the Tyler Paper. "And if we have to climb a few mountains to get there, it will be worth it. And at the end of all this, John will absolutely be proven innocent."

What's your reaction to this horrifying case?


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latasha April 7, 2011, 6:24 AM

this is so disturbing..i have two litt little girls .if this was too happen to them i would loose it and pray the cops would get there before i did..because i have nooo pitty for sorry self made son of a b*** like that..i hope they rot in prison and each day is a living night mare for both of them..and same goes for the 50 to 100 peaople who watched this brutal crime..may they rot in hell..

Random April 11, 2011, 10:24 PM

They deserved it

TINA April 12, 2011, 1:14 PM

AS A FORMER SOCIAL WORKER I AM DISGUSTED BY THIS REPORT. WHERE WERE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS? WERE THEY ALL INVOLVED? WHERE WERE THE CHILDREN’S TEACHERS WHEN THIS WAS HAPPENING. WE AS A NATION ARE TOO…. BUSY WITH OUR OWN LIVES TO NOTICE THE THE HURTING AND THE LOST! WE HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO “LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR” MAYBE A GOOD NEIGHBOR WOULD HAVE NOTICED, JUST A THOUGHT. I DO BELIEVE IN THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR THIS KIND OF CRIME, IT IS THE MOST BODY AND SOUL DESTROYING FOR ANY HUMAN BUT ESPECIALLY CHILDREN.

flo April 12, 2011, 1:44 PM

This makes one sick to ones stomach. I was sexually abused as a child and you never get over it. I now have 3 grown children of my own and they are my entire life. How does one hurt any child they are innocent as children. They will be judged one day by a much higher being!

SICK AND TIRED April 14, 2011, 8:46 AM

WHAT ABOUT THE F**KIN LOW LIFES AT THIS “SWINGERS CLUB” THE WHOLE WORLD IS SICK AND IT IS AMAZING THAT NO ONE NOTICED ANYTHING BEFORE. DONT POLICE KNOW THERE IS SUCH A CLUB AND WOULDNT SOMEONE TAKE NOTICE IF THERE IS SO MUCH ACTIVITY?

ed April 14, 2011, 10:05 AM

no end to the sickness in this world i tell yah

rt April 15, 2011, 1:56 PM

Disgusting? yes. Horrifying? absolutely! Hopeless? for the adults involved? Almost definitely beyond a doubt but NOT for the children victimized. Scars they will have but that does NOT automatically mean they will be in a living hell for a lifetime. Scars are NOT always disabling and tormenting. That will ultimately be up to them, how they grow from this. I know from personal experience that childhood abuse, though haunting to a degree does NOT doom the victimes to a live of pain and twisted sexuality. What most do NOT know is scar tissue is actually STRONGER than normal tissue, both physically and in the human psyche. Do NOT force these victims into the trap of thinking they will NEVER overcome this torment and move on to beauty in every part of life!

But as for the adults involved, that is another story because they CHOSE the debauchery and INFLICTED THEIR CHOICES onto INNOCENT VICTIMS!!! THAT is nigh onto impossible to change! AND I do NOT mean just the adults forcing them. I mean EVERY VULTURE WHO PAYED THE PERPETRATORS MONEY to inflict this torment. THEY ARE EVERY BIT AS GUILTY AND SHOULD HAVE TO PAY WITH THE REST OF THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR EVIL CHOICES!!! The reason the evil of “kiddy porn” exists is because the purveyors and perpetrators buy it, creating a shadowy underworld where they think they will never have to truly PAY for their twisted, sick, perverted CHOICES, that noone that is not as disgusting as themselves will ever know! Every person who sat in those seats WATCHING the rape, torture, and degradation of innocence who NEVER tried to stop it,and who NEVER REPORTED IT should be HUNTED DOWN AND HAULED OUT INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY, be made to walk a THOUSAND PERP WALKS IN FRONT OF TV CAMERAS AND EVERYONE THEY KNOW—FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITY—and made to know at least a portion of the shame and humiliation they heaped on those innocent children who were forced to do so just to be able to eat and survive. Hey, there’s an idea. Do not just throw them into a protected unit cell. Make them were a brand on their forehead, chest, and hind ends that says “Child Molester” and send them into general population, make them walk NAKED past all the rapists, murders, and other perverts in jail to get to their food and water. That is what those children suffered—naked in full view of them so they could get supper. And do NOT allow them to squirm out of it with tears or pleading or LAWYERS! Maybe then, other adults who are tempted to make such a perverted, ugly, choice will think about what they want to try and be so sickened by their own rotting souls that would be tempted to attack innocence for pleasure they throw up instead of proceeding to pay for the “pleasure”.

I just wish there was a way to take a picture of the soul, so that, like Dorian Gray and his portrait, one look at such depraved, poisonous evil will destroy the pedophile before they can destroy the childhood and wonder of a single child. I have known molestors. They rarely have the slightest true remorse for what they choose and so have no reason to want to resist their impulses.

destiny April 17, 2011, 4:19 PM

that is horabol

Jennifer April 18, 2011, 9:16 PM

This makes me sick, how can someone do this to children. I am glad you are in jail for life. To take a child’s innocents for your own sick twisted pleasure, for money, get a job!! I think parents should be evaluated before they are allowed to give birth and before they can do anything that involves children. This makes you think twice about where your children are going and who are they with. This should not be happening I am so disgusted! Them poor kids.

Paul April 19, 2011, 7:44 AM

Even before being sent to prison, the woman shud be sterilized and her boyfriend castrated.

Anonymous April 19, 2011, 4:31 PM

Makes u wonder where God was.

A April 19, 2011, 6:33 PM

SICK SICK SICK. Just throw them in jail in the general population and amke sure they all no why they are in jail. Then it will be taken care of. The taxpayers wont have to pay for a thing!

Evangelist Myles April 19, 2011, 9:57 PM

Never in my life heard of such a thing..this is totally sick. They need to be locked up in a mental institution and treated. I pray the kids all receive treatment…they certainly will need it.

Ash April 19, 2011, 10:17 PM

As Loretta said, “Why waste the tax-payers money by sending these freaks to jail?

Death Penalty is what they deserve.

HOWEVER, as of late I have begun to understand how the death penalty can be too gracious for some and in this case the death penalty would be a luxury for these monsters! They need to not just rot away in jail THEY NEED TO SUFFER in jail.

You reap what you sow

paula April 20, 2011, 9:53 AM

It has taken me some time to calm down and think rationally, after reading this story. It shook me to my core. There is no punishment horrendous enough for these extremely sick and perverted individuals. I hate to know that taxpayers must support them when any one with a heart & soul would sooner carve them to pieces and then burn the remains…..Those children need love and comfort and therapy. This is what we would gladly pay for….not to feed and house the wretched scum who committed this egregious crime. How do we even wrap pur brains around something this unthinkable?

Anonymous April 20, 2011, 2:41 PM

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leni April 21, 2011, 11:21 AM

They’re evil, there’s just no other word to describe these individuals.

dalia April 24, 2011, 12:41 PM

They need to find the names and addresses of the 50-100 people who came to see these sick and disgusting shows and have them all executed by firing squad and buried in a mass grave out in the desert because those people are the real disgusting people. I hope they find the other poor kids who were victimized and help them too.

Bobby Fett April 25, 2011, 9:03 AM

Kill them. Kill them all.

janeyre April 25, 2011, 10:28 AM

Life isn’t enough… Death would be more appropriate… She gave them a sentence, when she disturbed their human rights in such a way. She killed their childhood…


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