Mother convicted of prostituting daughter receives life sentence

WICHITA — A Wichita woman convicted of prostituting her small daughter to a neighbor received a life prison sentence this morning.

The man charged with paying for sex with the child also received a life sentence.

The mother and her friend Reggie Stafford were each convicted of two counts of rape and one of aggravated criminal sodomy. The mother was convicted of aiding and abetting the sex crimes.

During a trial in August, the girl testified that when she was between the ages of 5 and 6, her mother would take her to Stafford's house, near where they lived in the Planeview neighborhood, and he would have sex with the young girl.

The mother was also convicted of aggravated endangerment of a child.

The mother is not being named to protect the identity of the girl.

Sedgwick County District Judge Greg Waller ran the mother's life sentences concurrently, meaning the 48-year-old won't be eligible for parole for 25 years.

But the judge made Stafford's sentences consecutive, meaning the 52-year-old will likely die in prison. Under the law, he will not be able to face a parole board for 75 years.

Waller pointed to evidence he would not admit at trial that showed that Stafford had sex with the woman's other two daughters when they were children. They are now grown. He could not be charged with those crimes, because the statute of limitations had run out. But Waller could consider the evidence during the sentencing.

"I believe you had sexual relations with every female in that family before they reached the age of consent," Waller said.

Both Stafford and the mother had asked for lesser sentences. The mother, through her lawyer, said she had acted as a result of lifelong abuse herself and acute alcoholism. Stafford continued to deny committing the crimes.

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