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Mom Allegedly E-Mailed Nude Photos

November 11, 1998

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ A woman was charged with child abuse for allegedly e-mailing nude photos of her 15-year-old daughter to men, then arranging for the girl to have sex with them.

Police learned of the encounters after the daughter, now 17, confided in a friend in September, Investigator V.K. Rivera said.

The 44-year-old mother made contact with three men in Internet chat rooms in 1995 and 1996, posing as a 17-year-old girl, Rivera said.

After e-mailing the photos of her daughter, she arranged to meet the men at hotels in Charlotte. But instead of going herself, she would send her daughter and ask the girl to give her details afterward, Rivera said.

The mother faces three counts of child abuse. She was freed Thursday on $5,000 bond and is cooperating with police. Charges against the three men are pending.

``She knew that what she had done was about the most terrible thing a parent could do,″ said the mother’s attorney, James Gronquist.

The identity of the Charlotte woman was not released to protect the daughter’s identity. The girl is living with relatives.

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