A mother in Oregon has been jailed for three years for allowing her 17-year-old daughter to work as a stripper.
Christina Marie Lopez, 42, pleaded guilty to attempted use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
She came under investigation last December when she went to police and complained that her teenage daughter had been hired as a stripper at Presley’s Playhouse in Salem even though she was underage.
When police investigated the club in Salem, Oregon, they saw CCTV footage where Lopez was in the club watching her daughter perform.
She was also caught on the tape handing her daughter, Nicole Madril, money.
Madril, now 18, tearfully told a judge at her mother’s sentencing that the three year jail term was unfair.
‘It was my fault,’ Madril said.
Lopez now faces three years in prison and she must register as a sex offender for the next decade.
‘It was my choice. I don‘t think it’s right for my mom to register as a sex offender.’
Madril said her mother was not in the club to watch her give lap dances at the Presley’s Playhouse Cabaret.
‘It’s not like she came in there and got 50 lap dances from me,’ said Madril.
‘She came in and gave me money so I could get myself something to eat.’
The Statesman Journal newspaper reported that investigators later obtained surveillance video from the business ‘that showed Lopez in the club watching her daughter dance and providing her money,’ according to Lt. Steve Birr, with Salem police.
Madril originally told local reporters that she was earning money at the strip clubs to help pay for the costs of raising her 2-year-old daughter, but Lopez told authorities that she was the one raising the child.
Since Lopez’s sentencing, the 2-year-old is in foster care, and because Madril is now 18-years-old, she has started working as a stripper at another club.
Local station KATU said that Lopez has been to prison ‘many times before’ but did not specify the nature of those charges.
Source: Daily Mail