Sheriff says girl was married at age 13

- "I find the whole situation terribly disturbing," said Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls. "The victim was a child when she entered this so called marriage with a much older man and she is still a child who needs us to look after her well-being."            

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested and charged Steven Carty, 47, with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony offense. The teen's mother, Cherry Jamila Payton, 39, is in Fort Bend County jail custody on a $100,000 dollar bond, charged with endangering a child by criminal negligence, a state jail felony.    

Child Protective Services notified FBCSO of the aggravated sexual assault case on June 5 after a 14-year-old girl told a doctor that she was married and sexually active. She also said that she had been married since she was 13 years old.  

Deputies arrested Carty on Monday and Payton on Wednesday.

This investigation is ongoing.

Up Next:

Up Next

  • Sheriff says girl was married at age 13
  • Navy plans to use Xbox controllers to control submarine periscopes
  • Free Queso Day at Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Georgia workers sent to hard-hit Florida Keys
  • Georgia takes in Florida shelter animals following Irma
  • 7.1 magnitude quake kills 149 as buildings crumble in Mexico
  • Arizona congressman arrested outside Trump Tower
  • New fashion trend double-waisted jeans cost $695
  • Harlem Globetrotters lending a hand to Harvey recovery effort
  • Tech Tuesday: Dorm Room Gadgets To Get Work Done And Add Some Swag To Your Semester