All Jennifer Richards of Texas wanted was a car, a place to live, and maybe a babysitter for her 10 month old daughter- so the thought that she's now sitting in jail over her efforts to fulfill these needs might seem a little odd. Until that is, you learn that Richards and her 40 year old boyfriend Sean Michael Block had planned on exchanging sex with Richard's five year old daughter for them.
The pair was arrested Tuesday after an investigation by the FBI concluded that Richards and Block were prostituting the child. The FBI said the pair also intended to sell the younger child's sexual services later and to blackmail the informant, who had received the proposal via text message.
According to the affidavit, an informant told the FBI about a text message allegedly sent by Block that read: "Nice piece 5 yrs old belongs to my gf and she wants to sell it."
As if these two couldn't come off as being any more demented than they already do- reports indicated that Richards had claimed that she believed the sex would be good for her daughter, and that she (Richards) might get 'gratification' from watching it. They also had planned other things:
The chief investigator said the two were also making plans to abduct, rape and "carve up" a teenage runaway.Richards appeared in court for a bond hearing, although it seems that the judge opted that bond might not be the best idea in the world.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak concluded that 25-year-old Jennifer Richards, who moved to San Antonio from Phoenix nine months ago, was a flight risk and is likely to be convicted.
"It's about as dangerous as it can get when a mother sets up her own child for this," said Nowak in finding that Richards should remain in custody.
The waitress with shoulder-length blond hair sat with her shoulders hunched and began to cry.
Richards is charged with using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor, a charge that carries as many as five years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Braun said other charges could be added.
Clare Koontz, Richards' attorney, said the Internet exchanges about child pornography and sexual assault were just chat room discussions.
"All of this is fantasy. It was chat room stuff," Koontz said in court. "This was a fantasy response to Mr. Block, not actual conduct."
Just chat room discussions, a fantasy... not actual conduct. Nothing like seeing a lawyer try to sugar coat things, regardless of the fact that Richards was arrested when she meet up with an informant who she planned to meet again - accepting $300 from him believing he was a child molester.