RICHMOND, Texas – A 47-year-old man has been charged with raping a 14-year-old Houston-area girl who investigators say told a doctor she was his wife and they were having sex.
Fort Bend County jail records Steven Carty was being held Thursday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, with bond at $100,000.
The girl’s 39-year-old mother, Cherry Payton, was charged with endangering a child by criminal negligence, with bond at $10,000.
Online records don’t list attorneys to speak for either adult.
A sheriff’s statement says Child Protective Services on June 5 reported a 14-year-old girl told a doctor that she was married, sexually active and wed at age 13.
Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed a law that says the youngest age to legally marry is 16, but only if emancipated from parents.