An 8-year-old schoolgirl arrived at school with love marks while wearing high heels and makeup, shocking her teachers.
She was wearing bloodstained underwear and dirty clothes when she turned up to her school in New Mexico. There were also visible injuries on her body and many teachers became concerned.
An elementary school nurse contacted law enforcement authorities and said that the student might’ve been subjected to prostitution.
When asked, she revealed how her father allowed his pedophile friends to touch her in exchange for money so he could buy drugs.
43-year-old James Stewart, her father, and Teri Sanchez, the girl’s mother were arrested and charged with crimes including child abuse, promoting prostitution, human trafficking and criminal sexual contact of a minor.
Stewart denied that he had prostituted his child to child molesters.
The prosecutor on the case, Collin Brennan, said: “There’s going to be testimony from witnesses that they witnessed hickeys on the girl. We’ll talk about instances where she’d actually show up to school in high heels and makeup. These teachers and administrators, they’re trying to help the victim out even with their own money and still, she returned the next day, bad hygiene, improper clothing.
“The evidence will show that not only did he permit her to show up to school unfed, dirty, he taught her how to pickpocket and also how he used her in a sexual manner to receive narcotics.”
Stewart’s lawyer, Stephanie Gulley, argued and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, my client is not guilty of any of these charges and the state’s not going to have any evidence for you.
“And frankly anybody who’s a parent should be concerned that anybody could bring these charges against any parent. The whole time that you’re listening to their witnesses, they don’t have any evidence in this case.”
She added: “What you won’t hear is any connection to my client, my client doesn’t put makeup on his 7-year-old, he doesn’t want her to wear high heels to school.”
But the girl revealed to forensic interviewers that her father had let his friends molest her to buy ‘weeds and pipes and stuff’
The girl said: “I keep saying I don’t want to, but he… forces me to,” adding, “Dad took half of the money and gave the other half to Mom.”
The trial continues.
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