November 24, 2014

Mother charged with prostituting daughters waives preliminary hearing

A south-central Nebraska woman charged with prostituting her daughters has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

The case now has been bound over to Franklin County District Court.

Franklin County officials say nine charges have been added against the 35-year-old from Upland; five counts of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, two counts of human trafficking and two counts of child abuse. All are felonies.

Charges have also been filed against the woman in Buffalo and Furnas Counties. In Buffalo County, she faces a charge of felony conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault of a child as well as two counts of felony possession of child pornography. In Furnas County, she is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault of a child.

The case broke on April 26th when an undercover Nebraska State Patrol officer charged the woman solicited herself and her 14-year-old daughter for $350 at a Kearney motel when he responded to an ad on Craigslist offering female companionship in the Kearney area.

Court documents accuse the woman of forcing her teen-age daughter into a sexually abusive situation and then taking photos of the assault. The woman is also accused of prostituting her 7-year-old daughter.

The woman is being held in the Buffalo County Jail on $250,000 bond. Her name is being withheld to protect the privacy of her children, who have been removed from her home and placed into state custody.

Five men have been charged in connection with the case.