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WASHINGTON -- A Maryland mother stands accused of trading sex with her teenage daughter to pay off a $5000 debt.
The mother, whose name has not been released, and the man to whom this trade was allegedly made, Bejarni Rivas, are both facing criminal charges, reports the AP (via WUSA9):
Prosecutors say the mother is facing 11 charges and 44-year-old Bejarni Rivas is facing 13 charges. Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, says the charges range from second-degree rape to human trafficking.
Attorney Walter Neighbors, who is listed in online court records as representing Rivas, said Sunday that he did not have any comment on the case.
According to the documents, the girl at one point asked her mother not to leave her alone with Rivas. Her mother's alleged response was "I've done bad things to make you have a good life. Go with him." The abuse ended after the girl told another relative, and the two of them went to police.
NBC4 reports that it is not clear how the mother, who admits only leaving her daughter alone with Rivas, accrued the $5000 debt.