A 36-year-old mother was sentenced to 80 to 90 years in prison Wednesday for prostituting her 14- and 7-year-old daughters.
Buffalo County District Judge John Icenogle sentenced the Upland woman for setting up a rendezvous between her 14-year-old daughter and an undercover Nebraska State Patrol investigator last April in a Kearney motel, and two counts of having child pornography -- pictures of her daughters she used to advertise.
The investigator told the mother he would pay $150 to $200 to have sex with the teenager, court documents say.
The Journal Star is not naming the mother to protect the identity of her daughters.
Patrol investigators said the mother let at least seven men have sex with the 14-year-old at least 20 times and at least three men have sex with the 7-year-old.
The chief county prosecutor, Shawn Eatherton, said he couldn't imagine a parent doing what the woman did to her children.
"We do not put them in harm's way, we do not expose them to sexual abuse, we do not expose them to people that may harm them," Eatherton said.
And, he said, "We should really not hand out mercy to the people that prey on our children or who assist those who prey on our children."
Five men have been convicted in the case so far and await sentencing.
The mother’s lawyer, David “Brandon” Branigan, declined to comment on his client’s sentence.
In November, she pleaded guilty to three charges in Buffalo County, nine similar felony charges in Franklin County and one in Furnas County. As part of a plea agreement, she avoided more charges in those three counties as well as Lancaster and Kearney counties.
Her sentencing in Franklin County is set for Feb. 7.
The girls were removed from their home in April after their mother was arrested. In December, Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Michael Offner ordered they stay with a foster parent.
“Placement continues to be necessary due to the girls are at a very high risk for future risk of maltreatment and would be unsafe if returned to their parental home,” he wrote.
The next hearing to see if the girls stay in protective custody or go home with their father is March 11.
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