This horrible story comes from right up the road in Richmond, Texas. As reported by CW39.com, Cherry Payton, 43, was convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and sentenced to 30 years in prison last week. Prosecutors said that in 2017, the victim admitted to her doctor that she was sexually active with “her husband,” who she said was 47 years old. Payton, who was also at the doctor’s office, said the victim was married with her consent and the marriage was a part of her religious beliefs.

There was also evidence that the Mom, Payton, had also sexually abused the victim herself, under the guise of a different religion.  The official conviction that came from the Fort Bend County court cited that the mom allowed her 13-year-old daughter to endure sexual abuse by a 47-year-old man as “a normal part of their religious beliefs.” had sexually abused the victim herself, Our hearts and prayers going out this thirteen-year-old victim. I personally don't think 30 years was a stiff enough penalty for this sick individual.

According to click2houston, Investigators looked into the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office and did not find any records of a marriage license. The sheriff’s office said it was not a legal marriage, but that Carty and the teen considered themselves married based on religious beliefs. Detectives said the family lived in the Sugar Land area and are part of the Hebrew Israelite's faith.

According to Texas Law, a person must be 18 years old to legally be married in Texas. However,  there are certain exceptions that allow minors who are at least 16 years of age to marry.

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