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Germantown woman charged with prostituting daughter

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Published on: Thursday, May 02, 2013

By Donna Broadway

GERMANTOWN – A Germantown woman has been charged with sex abuse of a minor, second degree rape, sex offense third degree and human trafficking-guardian after allegedly prostituting her 15-year-old daughter to pay a $5,000 debt.

Police say the 41-year-old mother, who will not be identified to protect her daughter’s identity, offered her daughter to Bejarni Rivas, 44, at least three times for amounts ranging from $100 to $140.

According to the charging documents, beginning in December 2012, the mother took her daughter to Rivas and told her he would touch her for $100. He allegedly gave the payment to the daughter, who told police Rivas fondled her breast, vagina and penetrated her with his fingers.

Two weeks later, the mother told her daughter she had to meet with Rivas again, according to the charging documents. The daughter refused Rivas’ advances and returned to her mother begging her not to make her go with Rivas, but her mother allegedly said, “I’ve done bad things to make you have a good life; go with him.”

According to the charging documents, the daughter did as she was told, and Rivas drove her and her mother to a Rockville 7-Eleven, where she was given $100.

Rivas asked the daughter if she would have sex with him again, and she said she didn’t know. According to the charging documents, the mother said she would not have to have sex with Rivas again.

According to the charging documents, the mother informed the daughter on March 23 that Rivas was coming to their home and she would receive $140. The daughter refused, and the mother told her she was grounded and left the home. Rivas came to the home, but she refused to allow him inside.

The mother instructed her to allow Rivas to do what he wanted. The daughter went to an aunt’s home and told a cousin what was happening, according to charging documents.

The cousin then told police Rivas had attempted to have a sexual relationship with her when she was a minor but she refused, according to charging documents.

On March 24, the mother spoke with investigators and confirmed the $5,000 debt, the time her daughter spent time alone with Rivas and the cash withdrawal at the Rockville 7-Eleven but denied prostituting the minor and having any knowledge of sexual intercourse between her daughter and Rivas. The mother also claims the money was not for her daughter but for her, according to the charging documents.

A grand jury indicted Rivas for second degree rape, third degree sex offense, sexual abuse of a minor and sexual solicitation of a minor.

The county’s District Court of Maryland indicted the mother for all four charges on April 19. A trial date has been set for May 19.

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