Mother accused of letting 62-year-old man sexually assault her 5-year-old daughter for $400
36-year-old Shirley Harmon and 62-year-old Gary Landreth have been arrested in connection to the repeated sexual assaults of the former's five-year-old daughter.
A Texas woman was arrested for allegedly permitting another man to sexually assault her five-year-old daughter for $400. 36-year-old Shirley Harmon was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, in connection to the incident.
According to the Odessa American Online, Harmon let 62-year-old Gary Landreth sexually assault her daughter multiple times between 2017 and 2019. An affidavit filed by the Ector County Sheriff's Office states that the last of these assaults took place on January 7 in the 2600 block of Gemini Street in north Odessa.
After the abuse came to the attention of the authorities, a forensic interview of the five-year-old was conducted at Harmony Home Child Advocacy Center, with the child reportedly claiming at the time that Landreth had touched her inappropriately. An exam was conducted by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) — a registered nurse or nurse practitioner who has completed specialized training to assist sexual assault victims and who collect all forensic evidence — and the results were consistent with the child being sexually assaulted.
Landreth was subsequently arrested and charged on Monday, January 4, with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Jail records show that he was being held on a $50,000 bond and that he was released from custody after he posted the amount on January 24.
The affidavit states that later, during an interview, Harmon admitted her daughter had complained to her about Landreth touching her inappropriately and hurting her while she was in his company. However, she said she continued to let Landreth see the girl, reportedly confessing to Ector County Sheriff's Office investigators that she acted in concert with the 62-year-old and that she had received $400 from him in exchange for letting him see her daughter.
Harmon was arrested on March 4, charged, and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. Jail records show she is being held on a bond totaling $50,000 and that as of the afternoon of Monday, March 18, she was still in custody. Speaking about the case, Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffiths expressed his shock and disgust and said it was "sickening" a mother was capable of doing this to her daughter. "They could get life in prison, and that's better than what they deserve," he said.
It was a view shared by most on social media. "In addition to many decades in prison, they really should do surgery on people convicted of such offenses," one person wrote. Another commented, "What a piece of trash, as a mother you are that little girl's world and you just sold her for 400$ to some scum?? That poor child, and now she will be stuck in the system for the rest of her life. Pedophiles deserve the Death Penalty."