Two New Mexico parents were indicted earlier this month for allegedly allowing at least two adult men to sexually abuse their son.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that according to court documents, James Stewart and Teri Sanchez were already facing charges over the abuse of their 7-year-old daughter. They’ve now been accused of letting “two grown men the unrestricted, unchecked access to their young son by giving these men a hotel key card, an unoccupied hotel room, and a limited amount of time with their son.”
During a recent a motion for pretrial detention, authorities said the couple allowed men to touch their son inappropriately between August 2017 and April 2018. When the child complained, the suspects allegedly told him he had to deal with it.
On September 12, both Stewart and Sanchez were indicted on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a child.
James Stewart and Teri Sanchez are now accused of allowing people to sexually abuse their 8-yeaer-old son and their 7-year-old daughter. https://t.co/95sUvJTwiT
— KOB 4 (@KOB4) September 24, 2019
The indictment follows a previous 2018 arrest, in which the suspects were accused of prostituting their 7-year-old daughter in exchange for drugs. Authorities were alerted by the child’s school after they gave her a change of clothes and later noticed bloodstains in the girl’s underwear after she changed into the new clothing.
School officials said the change of clothes came after the little girl showed up to school extremely dirty and unkempt. The outlet reports that the school claimed the girl constantly came to school hungry and sleep-deprived.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the little girl later told police that her father allowed both men and women to touch her inappropriately, although she told him she didn’t like it. She also said her father made her steal from the pockets of strangers because her hands were smaller.
Stewart’s first trial ended after a prosecutor reportedly allegedly evoked prohibited testimony from a witness. The case is currently under appeal.
Sanchez’s case has been appealed due to competency issues. According to KOB4, a district court ruling cited last year that Sanchez was “very vulnerable to manipulation and coercion.”
Both cases have been quiet for months but came back into the spotlight earlier this month after their son’s allegations.
“As the defendants have previously used their children to panhandle for money to feed their drug habits, it is logically presumed that defendants similarly utilized (the boy) as a similar money-making opportunity,” prosecutors said. “(The child), of course, cannot know whether his parents chose to exchange him for drugs or drug money.”
The story is developing. Check back for further details.
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