A Texas mom will spend the next 20 years in prison for trying to sell her 2-year-old daughter for sex, prosecutors said.
Sarah Marie Peters, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of sexual performance of a child, attempted human trafficking, and promotion of child prostitution, after she was busted earlier this year trying to sell her daughter to undercover investigators in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston, prosecutors said.
She was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the first charge, and another 20 years for the other two charges, with the sentences to run concurrently, according to a statement from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.
She will not be eligible for parole until 2038.
“The events of this case are hard to believe — that a mother would willingly expose her own daughter to this type of danger,” Tyler Dunman, the special crimes bureau chief for the district attorney’s office, said in a statement. “Our citizens must realize this type of activity happens in our community. We need the community to be vigilant and report to law enforcement any activity they see/hear where a child might be in danger of abuse or sexual exploitation.”
Peters came on the radar of police in February during an investigation by the Montgomery County police into child exploitation, prosecutors said. Peters made contact with a detective, who was posing as a predator, on a social media site where Peters sent out photos of her daughter and asked if there was anyone looking to “have fun” with the little girl, according to the Associated Press.
Discussing the discussion online with the man she thought was a potential co-conspirator, Peters agreed to travel from Houston to Conroe, where they planned to meet up, authorities said. Detectives tracked her on a Greyhound from Houston to Conroe, where authorities swooped in and arrested her Feb. 22, prosecutors said.
The young girl was placed in Child Protective Services following her mother’s arrest, according to the Austin Statesman.
[Photo: Montgomery County District Attorney]