A former rural Cambridge man was sentenced last week to 60 years in a Texas prison for trying to sell his 4-year-old daughter for sex through a Craigslist ad.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston said that Andrew Turley, 30, was convicted March 23 of trafficking of a child and compelling prostitution of a minor. Turley won’t be eligible for parole for 45 years.
Turley was also charged last week in Dane County Circuit Court with possession of child pornography, related to evidence seized from his home in the unincorporated community of Utica, in the town of Christiana, in November 2015 during the investigation of the child trafficking incident.
A search warrant filed in Dane County in 2015 states that a police officer in Houston saw an ad on Craigslist which advertised “play” with a little girl. The officer responded to the ad, eventually exchanging 69 messages with the person posting the ad. In them, the sender, later identified as Turley, said he had a girl who was “younger than 10” and asked the officer if he was generous.
The officer wrote that he could pay up to $1,000 for up to two hours with the girl. Later, in text messages, they agreed to meet, and Turley wrote that he was going to give the girl sleep medication to get her to sleep.
The meeting was postponed because Turley was worried that the girl’s mother would come home. The officer was then instructed to go to the parking lot of an apartment building in Houston and show the money and a work identification to Turley.
The officer, after he parked as instructed, was approached by Turley, and showed him an ID card and $1,000 cash. He and Turley walked into an apartment, then into a bedroom, where the officer saw the 4-year-old girl lying on a bed, groggy and going in and out of sleep.
After Turley pulled back a blanket and told the officer to touch the girl, Turley was arrested.
“This case broke my heart. A father is supposed to be a protector, not a predator,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Stewanna Miskell said in a statement reported in local media in Houston. “Jurors saw the need to keep him out of our community.”
Last week, Turley was charged in Dane County Circuit Court with four counts of possession of child pornography related to the November 2015 case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.