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Woman sentenced to prison for allowing husband to rape teen

October 30, 2019 GMT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman is going to prison after prosecutors said she did nothing to stop her husband from repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl over several years.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports 39-year-old Marcy Lynn Helms was sentenced on Wednesday to at least 18 years on a variety of charges. The sentence came a week after Helms pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court. She was never accused of sexually abusing the girl herself.

Prosecutors also said Helms allowed the girl and several other children to live in an abandoned house that was about to be demolished.

The girl, now 17, told investigators that Brandon Irving Helms had raped and sexually abused her since she was 8 years old, got her pregnant, and continued raping her after she gave birth.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com