SPRING, Texas — Authorities said they rescued a 7-year-old girl from dangerous and deplorable conditions during an undercover operation at a home in Spring and her parents were arrested.
A picture provided by the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office showed a home in complete disarray inside with trash and junk scattered everywhere.
Rose Colton, 38, is charged with prostitution and child endangerment. Richard Charles Colton, 71, appeared in probable cause court Thursday morning and is also charged with endangering a child, according to court documents.
The deputy constables who rescued the girl said Richard Colton is her father and her mother, Rose Colton, was involved in prostitution at the home in the 6100 block of Jadecrest Court.
Court documents indicate they were letting sex buyers come and go to the home at all hours. Deputies said the woman in the residence was soliciting men for sex acts online through various websites.
“We immediately set up undercover surveillance and were able to determine that there was probable cause to believe illicit activity was happening at that location,” Pct. 4 Constable Mark Hermann said.
Hermann said they don’t believe the child was being trafficked.
“At this time we do not feel that this child was involved in any kind of any kind of sexual activity in the house," Herman said.
Deputies posed as clients and she provided them with her address and a description of the house, deputies said. The woman also provided information on a website showing what medications she was taking for sexually transmitted disease prevention.
Police worry that the girl wasn't just exposed to that but also the threat of gun violence and robbery from the johns.
Authorities said the investigation was conducted after receiving multiple tips from concerned neighbors.
A neighbor KHOU 11 spoke to said something felt off.
"I don't know how to describe it ... the way she carried herself, how she acted it was just a vibe that I got,” one neighbor said.
Child Protective Services has taken the 7-year-old under their care.
The neighbor praised the efforts of law enforcement but also the community members who spoke up.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family, well with the little girl. I’m glad that she is safe," she said.
Richard Colton's bond was set at $15,000. His wife was also expected in court Thursday. The investigation is ongoing. The constable's office said it's looking to file additional charges in the coming weeks.