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Police: Mom let him rape teen daughter for rent money

SALEM, Mass. — A Lawrence man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking in a case that involved a woman allowing him to rape her teenage daughter.

The mother let the man perform sexual acts on her 14-year-old daughter in exchange for payment of the woman's rent and other financial benefits, police said.

Benito Deras, 44, and the mother, who is also from Lawrence, were indicted on human trafficking and rape charges in January 2018 after Lawrence detectives investigated the case. 

Deras pleaded guilty Thursday in Salem, Massachusetts, Superior Court to human trafficking, rape of a child, and indecent assault and battery on a person over age 14, according to information from District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office.

Superior Court Judge Salim Tabit sentenced Deras to five years in state prison, followed by three years probation when he is released. 

Also indicted on similar charges was Iliana Carranza-Borja, 39, who is the girl's mother, according to police. Charges against Carranza-Borja are pending in superior court. 

Deras engaged in sex acts with the girl in an arrangement that Carranza-Borja profited from, according to a police report.

The girl disclosed the sexual assaults in the spring and summer of 2017, during an investigation involving Lawrence detectives and the state Department of Children and Families, police said.  

The girl said she was threatened and coerced to participate in the sex acts with Deras, according to a police report.

The Eagle-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault without their consent.

The case was investigated by Lawrence Detective Sgt. Amanda Burke and Detective Kevin Schiavone, along with workers from the Department of Children and Families. Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall prosecuted the case.

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