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Sunday, October 04, 2009

'Mother" and boyfriend Reggie Stafford get life sentence in rape of girl

The Wichita Eagle
via kansas.com
October 4, 2009

A Wichita woman convicted of prostituting her small daughter to a neighbor received a life prison sentence Thursday. She is not being identified to protect the identities of the victim and her two older daughters.

Reggie Stafford was charged with paying for sex with the child. The only difference, as stated by Sedgwick County Judge Greg Waller who handed out the sentences, is that Reggie Stafford received three consecutive life sentences for repeatedly raping the girl, who was between 5 and 6 years old at the time....he will not be eligible for parole for 75 years....

During a trial in August, the girl testified that 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 sobbed as she pleaded with Waller not to send her to prison. Stafford...continued to deny committing the crimes.

Bennett pointed to the testimony where the girl told social workers that Stafford paid her mother with money she used to buy alcohol....

Judge 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. Stafford was not charged with those crimes because the statute of limitations had run out. But Waller could consider the evidence during the sentencing...
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