A father who posted an advertisement on Craigslist to sell his 4-year-old daughter for sex has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday, March 23.
Andrew Turley, 30, was convicted for trafficking a child and compelling prostitution of someone under the age of 18 in Harris County, Texas, reported Houston Chronicle.
Turley, originally from Wisconsin, caught the attention of Houston Police Department Officers when he posted an advertisement on Craigslist in 2015 under the heading “Play with Daddie’s Little Girl.”
In emails with undercover officers, Turley described his daughter as “younger than 10” and he would give “sleep meds” before the encounter, according to the district attorney’s office, reported the Washington Post.
The father told the undercover officer in several emails that he charged $1,000 for two hours with his daughter and wrote that the 4-year-old girl might be “too young for intercourse but everything else was OK,” the district attorney’s office said.
The undercover officer arrived at the Houston-area apartment where the girl was staying with her mother at a time set by Turley. The father was in Houston to visit his daughter at the time, prosecutors said.
“Upon the undercover officer’s arrival, Turley checked the cash, then escorted him to a bedroom where the girl was lying in bed and appeared to be ‘under the influence of an unknown substance,'” the statement said, reported the Houston Chronicle.
Assistant district attorney Stewanna Miskell, who was one of the two prosecutors in the case, said that case broke her heart.
“A father is supposed to be a protector, not a predator. Jurors saw the need to keep him out of our community,” she said, reported the news website.
The girl’s mother, who had no knowledge of what Turley was doing, was not charged, reported ABC 13.
Turley was sentenced to 30 years in prison on each of the two charges and will not be eligible for parole until he is 75-years-old, reported the Washington Post.