The farm sex story has been a major part of American media for decades.
But this story of a farm owner who has allegedly abused his employees and even his own daughters is finally getting the attention it deserves.
The Associated Press was the first to break the story of how the farm owner, Alstede Farms in New Mexico, is alleged to have abused three farm employees in the past few years.
The AP’s investigation revealed a disturbing pattern of abuse that included forcing workers to work in dangerous conditions, using dogs to break up fights and sexually assaulting women.
The Farm Sanctuary Network, a non-profit organization based in New York, is calling on other news outlets to publish the full, unedited account of Alstedes abuse.
The farm owner has been indicted and faces two counts of felony child molestation.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.
Alstede says the abuse took place decades ago, when the workers were teenagers and his wife was pregnant with their first child.
Althedes lawyers are not commenting on the charges.
The AP did not know the identity of the woman who went public with the story.
But she told AP she worked for the farm and told investigators she was abused in his home and her own home by the farm manager, who was a family friend.
The woman told AP the abuse began when she was 13 and continued until she was 19.
Alstroemere County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. David Latt said Alsteded was a retired farm manager and had no criminal history.
He also said Alstroemes employees and children had been “in the same room at the same time” for years.
Latt said the farm is a family-owned business, and no one else in the family was in a position to report the alleged abuse.
Alsede Farms did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The farm owner is still married to the woman, and she is not speaking publicly about the allegations.