Mom accused of prostituting daughter, 4

Police say woman didn’t refuse $500 solicitation for sex with child

Simon Read, STAFF WRITER

MARTINEZ – Police arrested a Martinez woman this week after she
reportedly offered her 4-year-old daughter up for sex on a widely used
Internet message board.

Martinez police apprehended Shannon Nicole Woods, 22, on Tuesday after
officials received a tip from the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children, officials said.

Sgt. Gary Peterson said Woods placed an advertisement on Craigslist – a
community Web site on which people can post messages and classified
advertisements – soliciting money for sex.

“A person who knows her and was suspicious of her lifestyle saw the ad on
Craigslist,” Peterson said. “They had a conversation online. During that
conversation, the subject turned to sex for money.”

From there, the conversation turned to Woods’ child, Peterson said,
adding the child was not initially mentioned in the Craigslist ad.

“The person brought up the 4-year-old, and the mother was not against
that option,” Peterson said. “She left it open as a possibility.”

A price of $500 to have sex with the child was discussed, officials said.

Although he did not elaborate, Peterson said this may not be the first
time Woods has been open to such an offer. When asked
if the 4-year-old has had sex, Peterson said “kind of, sort of.”

Police executed a search warrant at Woods’ home and took the woman into
custody, Peterson said. From the home, investigators took CDs, videos and
a computer.

Peterson said police were not yet ready to reveal what, if anything, was
found on the computer and the videotapes.

Woods was booked into the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez on
suspicion of offering a minor under 16 for lewd and lascivious acts. She
is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court
Monday.

Peterson said he has not seen a case like this before.

“And I’ve seen a few things,” he added.

Woods is also the mother of a 1-week-old baby, Peterson said. Both
children are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Wire reports contributed to this story.

© 2005 ANG Newspapers

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