Authorities in Utah have arrested a woman for allegedly helping her 13-year-old daughter text nude photos to a 30-year-old man.
The young girl's mother, a 35-year-old woman from Duchesne County, has been charged in district court with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office, the teenager told detectives she has an older boyfriend who lives in Oregon. She said he sent her a cellphone and asked her to send him naked photos of herself, police said.
The girl was unable to figure out how to work the cellphone, so her mother allegedly helped her take three nude photos with the device. The images were then texted to the Oregon boyfriend.
When questioned by police, the girl's mother, who is not being named to protect the identity of her juvenile child, allegedly admitted helping her daughter with the cellphone. She also allegedly said she was aware the teen had planned to send the photos to the man.
Each of the second-degree felony charges is punishable with a maximum of eight years in jail and a $15,000 fine.The sheriff's office has notified authorities in Oregon about the case and investigators there have launched an investigation into the teen's boyfriend.