A Utah mother could spend her life in jail after allegedly trying to sell her 13- year-old daughter's virginity for $10,000, prosecutors told ABC News.com.
Felicia McClure, 32, was charged Tuesday with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor. Police said that McClure's boyfriend tipped them off after he found text messages between the woman and the man offering to pay for sex with the girl.
McClure had repeatedly been in touch with the man, whom police have identified only as "Don." The two adults took the girl to a Victoria Secret store in which she modeled thong underwear and bras for Don, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.
According to court documents McClure admitted to police that she offered to sell her daughter's virginity to him for $10,000.
McClure also admitted to taking pictures of her daughter and selling them to another adult man, identified only as "Will." Two of the photos that McClure allegedly sent show the girl's entire buttocks, according to documents.
According to prosecutors, McClure asked her daughter if she was willing to lose her virginity to Don. The girl initially agreed to her mother's request, but later "told her mother 'no' and that she didn't feel comfortable having sex," said Gill.
ABC News does not identify victims of sexual assault.
Gill said prosecutors had not yet identified Don, the man accused of trying to buy the girl for sex, or Will, the man accused of buying pornographic images of the girl, because "they cannot comment on a pending investigation."
"We're diligently following up on the men. For now we've chosen to go after the mother," he said.
Aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony for which McClure is charged on two counts, carries in Utah a maximum sentence of life.
Had the girl been 14 instead of 13 her mother could not be charged with a first degree felony, Gill said.
McClure is currently in the Salt Lake County Jail. Her bail was set at $250,000. She has does not yet have a lawyer.
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