FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - A man has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child after officials say he married and had sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Steven Carty, 47, is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Cherry Payton, 39, has been charged with endangering a child by criminal negligence and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies say the girl, who is now 14, told a doctor she was sexually active and had been married since she was 13.
Texas law allows for people under the age of 16 to get married with a court order and those between 16 and 18 years old can get married with parental consent.