A Georgia woman has admitted that she took money in exchange for allowing an elderly man to abuse her 5- and 6-year-old daughters.
Morgan Summerlin, 26, pleaded guilty on April 26 to charges of first-degree cruelty to children, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and trafficking a person for sexual servitude, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Summerlin’s sentencing is scheduled for June 4.
“It is difficult to imagine facts that are more horrific than those found in this case,” said District Attorney Paul L. Howard. “I am hoping these two little girls can somehow survive this abuse and grow into healthy adults who can lead a productive and fulfilling life.”
According to prosecutors, the abuse came to light on April 29, 2017, when the girls were living with temporary legal guardians because Summerlin was in jail. The girls revealed to their guardians that Summerlin brought them to men’s residences, where she took cash in exchange for letting the men abuse the children. One of the men was called “Pop.”
Richard Office, 78, was identified as “Pop.” He was found guilty in Fulton County on Tuesday for rape, child molestation, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and sexual battery. His sentence: life, no parole, plus 146 years to run concurrently.
“The impact that this ongoing sexual abuse had on those children is tragic, and we are grateful that the jury held the defendant accountable for his depraved conduct,” said Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Irina Khasin.
A second man, Alfredo Trejo, has also been convicted as an abuser of these girls. He was sentencing to 25 years in prison, and a lifetime on probation for rape, child molestation, sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and aggravated child molestation.
The girls’ grandmother Teresa Davidson pleaded guilty to second-degree cruelty for failing to protect them after they told her about the abuse, prosecutors said. She was sentenced to five years in prison with one-year commuted for time served, and the rest on probation.
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