A Texas woman tried to use social media to sell herself — and her 8-year-old daughter — for sex, police said.
The Longview Police Department arrested Carrie Sue Kelly on June 12 after getting a tip that Kelly was allegedly trying to sell her daughter for sex over the internet, according to KETK in Longview.
Officers from the Wayne Police Department in Nebraska reached out to Texas police on Christmas Eve after speaking with a man who said Kelly had tried to sell herself and her daughter for $100 using social media apps, according to an arrest warrant.
Kelly was allegedly using MeetMe and Kik to communicate with a Nebraska man, Dustin Leiting, offering him intercourse with her 8-year-old daughter, according to KETK.
After alerting police, Leiting allowed an officer to use his online account to continue communicating with Kelly about a possible exchange. As the undercover officer continued messaging, Kelly—who used the online name “CKelly74” — allegedly told him that she had obtained child pornography and had sexually abused children in the past, KETK reported.
Police confirmed Kelly’s identity and attempted to set up a meeting, but the mother did not show up. She was later questioned at her daughter’s school by police and a Child Protective Service investigator on January 4, and she allegedly admitted to offering her daughter for sex, according to the Longview News Journal.
After the January meeting, police confiscated Kelly’s phone and CPS took custody of her children. Police later allegedly found two sexually explicit videos on the mother’s phone that featured her 8-year-old daughter, according to the Longview News Journal.
Kelly was arrested on June 12 and charged with sexual performance by a child under the age of 14 years old with the intention of employing, directing or promoting. She is being held in Gregg County Jail on $200,000 bail, according to court records.
[Photo: Gregg County Jail]