The Georgia mother who let men sexually assault her two daughters in exchange for drugs and money was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.
Morgan Summerlin, 25, pleaded guilty to allowing multiple men to rape and abuse her girls when they were five and six, reports the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney.
During one incident, 78-year-old Richard Office, whom the girls were told to call “Pop” touched their genitals. The girls, who are now six and seven, said Pop “humped” his body against the 5-year-old so roughly that her vaginal area bled. He also raped the younger sister while the older sister rubbed his feet, they said.
In exchange for the encounter, he gave them each $100, which their mother took from them. He also gave Summerlin drugs.
Office was convicted of rape and trafficking a person for sexual servitude.Richard Office Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
A second man, Alfredo Trejo, was convicted of rape, sexual battery, child molestation, and aggravated child molestation in the case.
He was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison and life on probation.Alfredo Trejo Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
And Summerlin pleaded guilty last month to charges of first-degree cruelty to children, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and enticing a child for indecent purposes.
The children’s grandmother also pleaded guilty to second-degree cruelty to children because, as KHOU reports, the grandmother knew about the abuse but didn’t help her granddaughters.
At her sentencing hearing on Monday, Summerlin blew kisses to family members as she waited to hear her fate. She faced 140 years in prison.Morgan Summerlin Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
In court, the mother’s defense attorney told the judge that she was a victim of sexual exploitation and child abuse.
According to some psychological theories, there is a link between being a victim of sexual abuse and becoming a perpetrator, reports the National Center for Biotechnology Information, (NBCI). However, this link is more prevalent in males than females.
And regardless, as CBS reports, Judge Constance Russell said what the girls suffered was “inexcusable.”
She sentenced Summerlin to 20 years in prison and 10 years on probation, without eligibility for parole.
Her daughters are in the custody of family members.