August 24, 2008
Jennifer Richards / Sean Block - Couple Arrested On Allegations They Tried To Trade Sex With 5-Year-Old Girl For Used Car
San Antonia, Texas (The Weekly Vice) -- Jennifer Richards, 25, and her married boyfriend Sean Block, 40, have been arrested on accusations that the couple attempted to trade Richard's five-year-old daughter for an apartment, a used car and child care, according to police.
Investigators say Richards and her married boyfriend Block, put in motion plans that involved selling Richard's 5-year-old daughter for sex in exchange for a used car and an apartment. Police say the couple then planned to blackmail whoever took the couple's offer and then planned to use Richard's 10-month-old baby in a future scheme.
Investigators first learned about the plan after receiving a tip from a police informant, according to Rex Miller of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
According to the affidavit which was unsealed Tuesday, Block sent a text message to the informant that said "Nice piece 5 yrs old belongs to my gf and she wants to sell it."
The couple appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak on Friday where Sean Block's wife heard the details of her husband's relationship to Richards and the couple's plans to sell her children for sex.
Also included in the affidavit submitted to the court, investigators say Richards was "of the belief that these sexual interactions would be a positive experience for (her daughter) and that Richards would receive sexual gratification" from watching.
Investigators seized computers that revealed Block had sent Richards links to Russian child pornography sites.
FBI agents testified in court that Block had sent the links to Richards in an effort to help her exploit her daughter. An agent also told the court that Block chatted with Richards online, describing his desire to have sex with teenagers and other sordid activities.
"We heard about picking up teenagers, 13 and 15-year-old hitchhikers and mutilating them, said Jean Brown, an attorney for Block's soon to be ex-wife, Sarah.
Block's now estranged wife Sarah filed a restraining order on behalf of the child she shares with him and has filed for divorce after learning about the charges this week from federal agents. The couple were married for approximately two years.
Authorities say Richards and Block met while working at the Cheesecake Factory at the Northstar Mall where he was a bartender and she was a waitress.
Richards has been charged with using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor, while Block is charged with distributing child pornography. Richards is scheduled to appear back in court on Tuesday.
Richard's two children were taken into protective custody.
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