Father accused of selling daughter to another man after girl gives birth, police say

BEAVER DAM, Ky. — Authorities in Kentucky have arrested a 34-year-old man accused of selling his juvenile daughter last year to a 20-year-old man.

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Kentucky State Police and social services launched an investigation last month after learning that the girl, whose age was not released, had given birth in March, police said Wednesday. They determined that the girl’s father sold her to a 20-year-old Beaver Dam man and that she had been living with the man ever since.

Troopers arrested the 20-year-old on a charge of third-degree rape. The girl’s father, also of Beaver Dam, faces a human trafficking charge. Both were booked into the Ohio County Detention Center in Hartford.

Authorities told WFIE-TV that the girl and her child have since been placed in foster care. Trooper Corey King said the case was particularly disheartening and unusual because of the involvement of the victim’s father.

“We have for many years put the monster’s face on technology … Technology seems to be where all of these people tend to find our children, but in this situation, this was parents,” he told WFIE. “Parents sold their child.”