- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman pleaded guilty to second-degree rape for providing a hotel room and liquor so her 13-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old friend could have sex with two men they just met.

The woman, whose name was withheld to protect her daughter’s identity, told investigators it was time for her daughter to “have sex and get it over with.” The age of consent in New York is 17.

The mother, who lives in Sayville, took the girls to White Plains for an overnight shopping trip in April. The girls met the men — Gilberto Gonzalez, 19, and Michael Berger, 18 — at a mall, and the men went to the hotel where the mother and girls had taken a room.

The mother bought beer and other alcoholic beverages for the teenagers and admitted in court last week that she was with them in the hotel room when the sex occurred.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 26. Judge Rory Bellantoni said he would sentence the woman to six months in jail if she convinces him during the sentencing hearing that she understands the seriousness of the crime. Rape charges against the men are pending.


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