Mother of severely disabled Utah woman, 31, who cannot talk and is the size of eight-year-old catches daughter’s stepdad raping her after setting up cameras in room to capture seizures

A severely disabled Utah woman was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, and her mother only found out after she installed cameras in the bedroom to monitor her attacks.

Brian Kenneth Urban (51) pleaded guilty to five felony charges after raping his 31-year-old disabled stepdaughter, Ashley Vigil.

The 31-year-old woman has a rare disorder known as Rett syndrome, a genetic mutation that affects brain development in girls that affects fewer than 1,000 people in the US.

‘She grew to about the size of an eight-year-old girl. She can’t communicate,” said Ashley’s mother, Paula Vigil (49). “Her seizures suddenly increased.”

Paula is a full-time carer for Ashley and has identified her as the victim in this case in an effort to help pass ‘Ashley’s Law’, which she believes will help protect vulnerable adults in the same way that children and the elderly are protected by laws .

Brian Kenneth Urban (51) pleaded guilty to five felony charges after raping his 31-year-old disabled stepdaughter, Ashley Vigil.

Brian Kenneth Urban (51) pleaded guilty to five felony charges after raping his 31-year-old disabled stepdaughter, Ashley Vigil.

Ashley Vigil, 31, has a rare disorder known as Rett syndrome, a genetic mutation that affects brain development in girls that affects fewer than 1,000 people in the US.

Ashley Vigil, 31, has a rare disorder known as Rett syndrome, a genetic mutation that affects brain development in girls that affects fewer than 1,000 people in the US.

Paula Vigil is a full-time caregiver for her daughter Ashley and has identified her as the victim in this case to help pass 'Ashley's Law', which she believes will help protect vulnerable adults in the same way that children and the elderly are protected by laws

Paula Vigil is a full-time caregiver for her daughter Ashley and has identified her as the victim in this case to help pass ‘Ashley’s Law’, which she believes will help protect vulnerable adults in the same way that children and the elderly are protected by laws

'She grew to about the size of an eight-year-old girl.  She can't communicate,

‘She grew to about the size of an eight-year-old girl. She can’t communicate,” said Ashley’s mother, Paula Vigil (49). ‘Her seizures suddenly increased’

While Urban pleaded guilty to the charges, including rape and forced sexual abuse, the victim and her family still face the nightmare caused by his repeated abuse.

The disturbing revelations of Urban’s sick behavior emerged in October 2022 – after Ashley’s doctor recommended that Paula set up cameras in her bedroom to monitor her daughter’s mysterious seizures to gain some understanding of what was going on.

What she saw was far worse than she could have ever imagined.

“Instead of having the seizures, I caught him,” Paula said 2KUTV.

‘In her condition she (Ashley) can’t move. He had to undress her completely, move her to the couch and remove her diaper, to do what he did. Then he had to dress her and put her back in her bed, so I wouldn’t know.’

Paula believes that the seizures were the result of Ashley’s body screaming for help.

“Her body was seizing up, and she was calling for help the only way she could,” Paula said. “If not for those cameras, I would never have known, and I would never have had evidence.”

After the gruesome discovery, Paula called dispatch and South Jordan police arrested Urban.

The abuser is currently behind bars at the Salt Lake County Jail — but there is no mandatory minimum prison sentence for Urban, due to Ashley’s age.

Nathan Woodward, a Utah attorney, saw Paula’s story on Facebook and was “rattled.” He decided to reach out and offer to help the family.

‘I just want Paula and Ashley to be heard. There is a huge gap in how our law is written and applied,’ Woodward said.

While Urban pleads guilty to the charges, including rape and forced sexual abuse, the victim and her family continue to face the nightmare caused by his repeated abuse.

While Urban pleads guilty to the charges, including rape and forced sexual abuse, the victim and her family continue to face the nightmare caused by his repeated abuse.

Nathan Woodward, a Utah attorney, saw Paula's story on Facebook and was

Nathan Woodward, a Utah attorney, saw Paula’s story on Facebook and was “rattled.” He decided to reach out and offer to help the family

The heartbroken mother said she made a promise to her daughter that 'she would never be anywhere she wasn't safe.'  She said 'he took away that one thing I promised'

The heartbroken mother said she made a promise to her daughter that ‘she would never be anywhere she wasn’t safe.’ She said ‘he took away that one thing I promised’

The lawyer explained that when someone is raped and their attacker is found guilty, the severity of the punishment is determined by whether the victim was an adult or a minor.

“However, no substantive consideration is given to an adult victim’s mental capacity, leading to an inconsistent underlying philosophy as to why we justify harsher penalties for crimes against children,” he explained.

Paula explained that there is no mandatory jail time for Urban, so the family has no idea what the sentencing will be.

‘She (Ashley) is a baby in an adult body. He did it to someone who couldn’t fight back. He should get a mandatory prison sentence, and there’s just this hole in the system.’

Paula and Woodward hope to pass ‘Ashley’s Law’ to hold vulnerable adults accountable in response to the broken system.

The heartbroken mother said she made a promise to her daughter that ‘she would never be anywhere she wasn’t safe.’ She said ‘he took away that one thing I promised.’

‘Brian Kenneth Urban came into our lives pretending. The act he did convinced me. He convinced me that he loved my girls and that he would care for them just as I did. That he will protect them,” Paula said on Facebook. “Little did I know, what we needed protection from was him.”