Mirko & Regina Ceska: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

mirko and regina ceska

Wakulla County Sheriff\'s Office/Facebook Mirko and Regina Ceska.

A North Florida couple planning for Armageddon has been arrested after two victims escaped their house of horrors. The victims told the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) that Mirko Ceska, 58, and Regina Ceska, 55 had enslaved them as laborers for years and that they were forced to endure verbal, physical, and sexual abuse.

The Crawfordville couple was taken into custody on July 12, 2019. Mirko Ceska has been charged with Sexual Battery, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Neglect. Regina Ceska was arrested and charged with two Counts of Neglect and two Counts of Failure to report abuse. Both were booked into the Wakulla County Jail.

The sheriff’s report only identifies the two victims as females and does not provide their names, age or relationship to the Ceskas. The Cesko’s were described by authorities as having “custodial responsibility” for both victims.

The Ceskas were arrested at their home at 251 Lonnie Raker Lane in Crawfordville, a community of approximately 3,700 residents. The city is located approximately 25 miles south of Tallahassee, near the Gulf of Mexico.

Here’s what you need to know about the Mirko and Regina Ceska.

1. The Two Females Were Used as Farm Laborers

Ceska home on Lonnie Raker Lane

The secluded home where the Ceska’s kept the two females.

On July 1, two females sought help from the sheriff’s office. Both stated they had escaped from the Ceska’s property on June 28 after withstanding years of mistreatment. They told detectives the Ceska’s were “Doomsday Preppers,” with several “getaway” properties across the country.

The Ceskas had stockpiles of food, supplies, and weapons in the “event of a major calamity,” the sheriff’s office Facebook post read.

The victims told authorities they were used by the Ceskas as farm laborers and woke up each morning at 5:30 a.m. to begin their work. They were taught to raise pigs and sheep, grow fruits and vegetables, use a loom, and sew.

2. The Females Said They Were Sexually Assaulted with Regina Ceska’s Support

Detectives learned Mirko Ceska had sexually assaulted both victims, and in some cases, with the support of Regina Ceska.

The two females were not to go anywhere, speak with any member of the public, use cell phones, or have friends. They were also not permitted to agree or shake hands with anyone but were told they must look happy when they were out in public with the Ceskas and would be punished if they didn’t smile.

“This is so sad! I seen (sic) them a couple times at my old job and I thought they were just raised to follow their (so it seemed to be) dad around,” Kaycee Nicole Britt wrote on the sheriff’s Facebook page.

“It always seemed weird how they would walk like 2 feet behind him.. anywhere he went they went. I always thought something strange was going on but never this.. wish I coulda helped them out sooner,” she added.

The Ceskos would withhold food from both victims, who also received regular verbal and physical abuse from the couple.

The most recent beating came from Mirko Ceska, who used a metal rod to beat one of the victims. “Detectives noted marks and bruises on the female’s back and arm,” the statement read.

3. Authorities Found Stockpiled Food, Supplies And “High Quality” Firearms

When the sheriff’s office, detectives, members of the North Star Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force, and Special Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) executed a search warrant at the residence, they seized “high quality” firearms, ammunition, food rations, and survivalist gear. “Some of the firearms were hidden behind false walls or a staircase,” the sheriff’s office said.

Inside the home there was a video of Mirko Ceska “up close” to both victims’ faces, screaming that they had stolen food.

Authorities also discovered a search history for an incestuous video on Mirko Ceska’s phone.

4. The Ceska’s Spoke With the Governor About Their Two Adopted Daughters

While the identity of the two females has not been disclosed, in 2009, Mirko and Regina Ceska made headlines when they met with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist to discuss foster care reform.

Crist was set to declare July 22 “Explore Adoption Day,” however, the Ceska’s took the opportunity to implore the governor to stop the use of psychotropic drugs given to children in state care. Psychotropic drugs are any medications that alter a person’s mental state. They may modify a person’s mood, decrease anxiety or be used for sedation.

The Ceska’s told Crist that after they adopted their two 12-year-old girls from the state the year before, each was taking 11 pills daily, including a powerful anti-psychotic called Seroquel. “These girls were overdosed and would fall asleep right in front of us several times a day,” Mirko Ceska said.

The Cesko’s said they had to wean their daughters off of their prescribed psychiatric meds. “It seems to be a prerequisite for foster children to be on medication,” Mirko Ceska said. “So many are on psychotropic drugs,” he added.

According to the Miami Herald, Regina Ceska told the governor she was a nurse and said she and her husband had found a “shocking” number of children in the foster care system were medicated with Seroquel, a drug she said should not be used on children.

“This is, in my profession, considered a chemical restraint,” she said.
Florida Psychotropic BillMar 2, 2010 Bill Tightens Rules For Foster Kids' Prescriptions KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ― Powerful mental health drugs dispensed to Florida foster care children would be more closely monitored under a bill introduced in the Florida legislature that comes after the death of a 7-year-old boy who was taking several psychiatric medications. Sen. Ronda Storms, who filed the bill (SB 2718), said the drugs have replaced talk therapy and are over-prescribed to subdue unruly children. The measure requires an independent review before psychiatric drugs can be administered to children 10 or younger. The bill, filed late last week, also expands the role of court-appointed guardians in overseeing children on mental health drugs and requires caseworkers to explain the possible side effects of such drugs to children in an age appropriate manner. Mez Pierre, who entered the foster system at age 5, said he was given various medications, including one that caused diabetes, and said it's crucial that children be involved in their own treatment. "Its fair to know what it is you're putting in your body," said Pierre, 22. The proposal is largely based on the findings of a task force formed after Gabriel Myers, who was on several psychotropic drugs, locked himself in a bathroom and hanged himself with a shower cord last April. Gabriel was on Seroquel and other psychiatric drugs linked by federal regulators to potentially dangerous side effects, including suicide, but the risks may not have been adequately communicated to his foster parents. They are not approved for use with young children. But doctors often prescribe them 'off-label,' for purposes for which the drugs have not been approved. "All you do is mask the behavioral problems by treating him psychotropically. All you're doing is putting him in a chemical straight jacket so that he can't act out so you can get him to 18 and dump him into adulthood and that's not acceptable," said Storms, R-Valrico. A similar bill was filed in the House on Tuesday. Gabriel's death prompted a statewide investigation that found 13 percent, or 2,699, of all foster children are on such drugs, according to a Department of Children and Families study. That compares with only an estimated 4 percent to 5 percent of children in the general population. "I think it's an extremely important step forward," DCF Secretary George Sheldon said Tuesday. "The key is going to be the ability of the department to implement and hold people's feet to the fire. You can have the best statutes but if we don't do our job it's not going to make a difference." Child advocates say prescribing doctors often lack pertinent information on the child, including medical history and behavioral background. The bill requires caregivers and doctors to report any adverse side effects, which DCF must document. "There was no record when a child had a bad reaction of any kind to the medication. There was no way to keep that information," said child advocate and Broward County attorney Andrea Moore. The bill also requires children to have a mental health treatment plan that includes counseling for children prescribed such drugs. Sheldon said he's heard from too many foster children who were kept on mental health drugs until they turned 18. Treatment plans must include a time frame for discontinuing medications, he said. Basic analysis of all medications for children in state care — such as what medication they were taking, why and when it was prescribed, and whether it worked — was supposed to be collected beginning in 2005, but that never happened. A DCF review shows caseworkers failed to complete treatment plans, didn't consult psychiatrists and failed to obtain consent for the drugs in many cases. The bill addresses each of those issues. The bill says foster children often receive "fragmented medical and mental health care" and requires a court-appointed guardian to oversee mental health treatment plans for all foster children prescribed such medications. The Gabriel Myers' work group recommended a lawyer instead for each child. "We very often are the ones in the courtroom standing up expressing concern or disagreement when it comes to pyschotropic medications," said Marcia Hilty, spokeswoman for the Florida statewide guardian ad litem office. The increased role of the court-appointed guardian could require more funding for additional training as medications are constantly changing, she said. Pierre said his court-appointed guardian was a wonderful mentor, but Pierre thinks it's "ludicrous" for them to play such a large role in medical treatment plans. He said an attorney is better equipped to navigate those matters. "Why would we ask people who are just volunteers to go through the court system and be a liason on the way medications are distributed to children?"2010-03-02T22:57:19.000Z
The Cesko’s statements to Governor Crist about the drugs their daughters had received came at a critical time. The Florida Department of Children and Families was reviewing the case of Gabriel Myers, a 7-year-old boy who hanged himself in the shower while in foster care. Myers exhibited destructive behavior after being placed in several different foster homes. Psychiatrists recommended psychotropic drugs and counseling to correct his behavior.

After speaking with the governor, former head of the Department of Children and Families George Sheldon approached the Ceskos and asked them to testify in Tampa before a working group tasked with reviewing Myers’ suicide. The working group was also going to look at creating legislation that would provide tighter control over the psychotropic drugs given to children in the foster care system.

It’s not known if the Ceskas submitted testimony as requested.

5. Regina Ceska is a Licensed Practical Nurse

Regina Ceska

Regina Ceska’s nursing verification.

Records with the Florida Department of Health show that Regina Ceska is licensed as a practical nurse under the name “Regina Anna-Marie N Ceska.” Her license was first issued on June 3, 1991, and is active through 2021.

Regina Ceska has no known record of complaints or disciplinary actions listed with the health department.

The address listed on her license, 1650 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, is the address for Consulate Health Care of Tallahassee. The facility describes itself as a “national leading provider of senior healthcare services.”

There is no information about Mirko Ceska’s work history, other than an affiliation in the 1990s with the Strauss Gallery, a home decor store in Tallahassee.

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