Escort ad leads to child abuse charges for couple

July 13, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a woman left her two young kids with her boyfriend outside a motel where she planned to prostitute herself.

KRQE-TV reports that 21-year-old Jodeci Smith and 29-year-old Ruben [auth] Lave appeared in court Saturday on charges of abandonment or abuse of a child and conspiracy to commit a second-degree felony.

Lave, who is accused of letting Smith post an escort ad from his phone, faces one count of promoting prostitution.

According to a criminal complaint, Smith offered an undercover officer a sexual act in exchange for money and police then arrested her.

Authorities say Lave was waiting in the couple’s vehicle with her 3-year-old and 1-year-old in the backseat. Lave told police he knew what Smith was doing.

A judge set a $15,000 bond for them.

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