Texas Mother Allowed 13-year-old Daughter To Marry 47-Year-Old Man, Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

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43-year-old Cherry Payton, a mother from Richmond, Texas, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for permitting her 13-year-old daughter to marry a 47-year-old man.

In 2017, the daughter disclosed to her doctor that she had been engaging in sexual intercourse with “her husband” who was more than 30 years her age.

Payton is said to have then told the doctor that she allowed her daughter to get married for religious reasons. The teen had been married for close to a year prior to her talking to the doctor. There was also other occurrences of alleged sexual abuse among Payton and her daughter.

After an investigation, Steven Carty, the 47-year-old husband, was apprehended. He faced charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Investigators also determined that no marriage license was found in Fort Bend County. Thus, the marriage was unlawful.

Payton stated that the marriage was a component of the Hebrew Israelites’ faith.

In Texas, the legal age to get married is 18. However, there are some guidelines that would permit a person to marry at the age of 16.

Payton had been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child.

Carty was given 22 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child and 20 years in prison for sexual assault of a child.

Payton and Carty will have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.



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