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47-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting 14-year-old ‘wife’

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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.

Steven Carty/ Fort Bend County jail

The girl’s 39-year-old mother, Cherry Payton, was charged with endangering a child by criminal negligence, with bond at $10,000.

Cherry Payton/ Fort Bend County jail

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.