published Thursday, October 24th, 2013

East Tennessee mother pleads not guilty in child selling case

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — An East Tennessee mother charged with selling her children to a sex film ring has entered a not guilty plea.

The Johnson City Pressreports the woman entered the plea Wednesday in federal court.

A federal grand jury charged the woman and her husband with selling children for the purpose of creating child porn and other sex-related charges. The AP isn't identifying the parents to protect the identity of the children since they were allegedly victims of a sex crime.

The alleged sex-related sale of their children was not final. At the time, their daughters' approximate ages were 5, 11, 14 and 16.

Washington County prosecutor Anthony W. Clark says the man who allegedly had sexual contact with the underage girls and filmed the encounters committed suicide.

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