Texas woman accused of renting daughter, 5, to man for sex for $400

Shirley Harmon. (Jail photo)
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ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (KOSA) A 36-year-old woman from Ector County was arrested after authorities say she allowed a 62-year-old man to sexually assault her 5-year-old daughter for $400.

According to the Odessa American, Shirley Harmon was charged on Sunday with aggravated assault on a child, a first-degree felony.

Harmon was arrested on March 4 on a charge of endangering a child, a second-degree felony, after the Ector County Sheriff's Office said she failed to report that her daughter was being sexually abused by 62-year-old Gary Landreth.

Landreth was arrested on Jan. 14, but was released in 10 days later after he posted bail.

The alleged assaults happened between 2017 and 2019, the last of them on Jan. 7, according to an affidavit.

Harmon admitted in the interview that she knew that her daughter was being sexually assaulted by Landreth and continued to allow it.

She received $400 to give Landreth access to the girl.

Harmon was charged, arrested and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center with a bond totaling $50,000 and is still in custody.