A West Virginia woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking a minor, the Washington Examiner reported.
Court documents cited by the Examiner said 28-year-old Kristen Naylor-Legg agreed on two separate occasions to allow one of her family members, a 17-year-old girl, to be raped by a local police chief.
The police chief, 57-year-old Larry Allen Clay, Jr., is also facing charges, the Examiner reports.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of West Virginia said Naylor-Legg had “entered into an agreement with her co-defendant, Larry Allen Clay, Jr., to provide him with her 17-year-old minor female relative and Clay would pay Naylor-Legg to engage in sexual intercourse with the minor.”
“At the time,” prosecutors added, “Clay was an employee of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Chief of Police for the Gauley Bridge Police Department.”
The attorney’s office also said Naylor-Legg had admitted to being paid $100 by the now-former police chief in the first incident. “On the second occasion,” their statement said, “Naylor-Legg indicated that Clay had agreed to pay her $50 in exchange for sexual intercourse with the minor but ultimately did not give her the money.”
The woman is now facing up to life in prison, and she will “be required to register as a sex offender,” prosecutors said.
Her sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 9.
“Holding him accountable”
According to the New York Post, Naylor-Legg and Clay were first hit with charges over the incidents in March. Clay, for his part, has pleaded not guilty.
The Post said his trial will take place Nov. 9. A lawyer for Clay didn’t respond to requests for comment, according to the Examiner.
In a statement to a local news outlet, an attorney for the 17-year-old victim called the chief’s behavior “heinous” and said the case represented “one of the worst examples of police misconduct and abuse of power imaginable.”
“We look forward to holding him accountable for his unconscionable violation of our client’s rights and breaching our collective public trust in law enforcement,” lawyer Russell A. Williams added in his statement, according to the Post.