Long-term underage relationship lands man, girl’s mother in jail

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EL RENO, Okla.- An El Reno man is behind bars after officers say he was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Authorities arrested 28-year-old Joseph Hill after police received a report from DHS, claiming Hill sent a text message containing a picture of a nude underage girl to various people, including the girl.

The victim was living with a foster family when the message was sent to her and her guardians immediately intervened.

Investigators learned that the victim and Hill were involved in an illegal sexual relationship that began when the girl was just 12-years-old. The girl told investigators that Hill had given her drugs on a regular basis for three years.

She also told deputies that she had shared a bedroom with Hill and that they lived together as a married couple. Officers allege Hill had manipulated the victim into wearing a ring and believing they were betrothed.

The child's mother confessed to knowing that Hill and her daughter were having a sexual relationship in her home, saying she even hid it from DHS and police on several occasions. She also admitted to buying condoms for the two.

Authorities say Hill provided a full confession during a polygraph exam.

Sheriff' Randall Edwards, with the Canadian County Sheriff's Office, said, "It’s beyond my comprehension how any parent could stand idly by, and allow a predator to sexually abuse one of their own children, right under their own roof. I hope neither one of them ever see the light of day again."

Hill and the victim's mother were both booked into the Canadian County Jail. Hill was charged with possession of child pornography and child sexual abuse.

The victim's mother was charged with enabling child sexual abuse. If convicted, they could both face up to life in prison.

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