Mom Pleads Guilty To Pimping Out 6-Year-Old Daughter To Homeless Men
A Jacksonville Beach mother who repeatedly allowed her 6-year-old daughter to be sexually abused for drugs and money has pleaded guilty to four counts of child neglect.
Dalina Nicholas, 36, faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30, the State Attorney’s Office said.
As part of Wednesday’s plea deal, a charge of sexual battery was dropped against Nicholas. She also has agreed to testify against four others charged in the case.
Nicholas will not be sentenced until those trials conclude.
Police found out about the abuse in March 2012 after a homeless man signaled a passing police officer and told him the girl was being molested in a Sixth Street South home. The man said he’d been to the home to use drugs in the past and seen several different men having sex with the girl.
Jacksonville Beach police said Nicholas lived in subsidized housing and supported herself and her drug habit by selling her daughter for sex.
Witnesses said drugs were frequently used in the home, and Nicholas often let homeless people and others stay.
When a member of the child protection team interviewed the girl, she spoke of sexual assaults by men and physical abuse. Nicholas left the area but was later arrested in Muscogee County, Ga.
Her attorney Gonzalo Andux said his client didn’t understand that her daughter was being sexually assaulted because of her drug and mental health issues.
“She’s very remorseful about what happened,” Andux said.
Assistant State Attorney Alan Mizrahi declined to comment because the other four criminal cases are still pending.
Quinn Brooks, 57, and Ryan Harrover, 34, have been charged with sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation. John Hagans, 48, and Norman Thompson, 52, have been charged with sexual battery.
The girl and her younger brother were sent to live with family members when Nicholas was arrested, said John Harrell, spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families.