ROSHARON, Texas — A husband and wife were sentenced to 40 and 10 years in prison, respectively, in connection with a years-long, multi-state child sex abuse case.
According to evidence presented at trial, 51-year-old Mack Doak sexually abused his three adopted children for several years beginning in 2012 in Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Those child victims were also victim to physical and verbal abuse from Mack Doak's 42-year-old wife, Jaycee, who, according to prosecutors, knew and tried to cover up the sexual abuse.
Chief United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced Mack Doak to 40 years in prison and Jaycee Doak to 10 years in prison on multiple charges of child exploitation spanning multiple jurisdictions. DuBose also ordered both to receive mental health and sex offender treatment, to register as sex offenders, to pay restitution of $225,000, mandatory special assessments of $30,900 and $25,600, and, upon release, both will be placed on supervised release for 15 and five years, respectively.
The sexual abuse began in 2012 in Rosharon, Texas, which is located just south of Houston, Texas. One victim testified she was raped by Mack Doak, and told Jaycee Doak of the abuse. Jaycee, according to the testimony, told the victim not to tell anyone because the disclosure would be "ruinous."
Another witness testified she too was raped by Mack Doak years earlier and that she disclosed the abuse to Jaycee Doak in 2012.
In March 2013, as allegations of Mack Doak's sexual abuse began to surface, a witness testified he took a pistol in his hand and threatened suicide stating, "I did something really bad and I’m not going to jail for it.”
In early 2014, the Doaks moved from Rosharon to Butler, Alabama, and then to Pinellas Park, Florida, in August 2014, and Thomasville, Alabama, in November 2016. The sexual abuse persisted.
Less than a year after moving to Thomasville, the Doaks moved to Monroeville, Alabama, where the sexual abuse continued and Jaycee Doak's physical and verbal abuse escalated.
The Monroeville Police Department was notified of the sexual abuse in early February 2018. On February 4, 2018, a Monroe County Department of Human Resources caseworker visited the victims, who disclosed the abuse and indicated they were unsafe in the Doak's care, and the next day, both Mack and Jaycee Doak were arrested on state charges for rape, incest, and sexual abuse.
The jury heard three days of evidence during the May 2019 trial before convicting both Doaks. During a sentencing hearing on Thursday, November 21, 2019, a victim impact statement was read which described how the Doak's abuse had irreparably altered their lives.
“The investigators and prosecutors did their job," United States Attorney Richard W. Moore stated after the sentencing. "A jury of the defendants’ peers found them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The Court has imposed substantial sentences of imprisonment. Our criminal justice system has worked as best we could expect."
"Still, we take little comfort in any of this because the damage to young lives here is so severe and so undeserved," he stated. "We cannot make these children whole again. Something precious has been taken from them that we are powerless to give back."
"What we can do is stand together against the horror of child sex abuse and always do our best to protect children from evil whenever possible," he continued. "This case is a reminder that we must always be vigilant when the safety of our children is at risk.”