Woman charged with selling nude photos of 5-year-old daughter

Thursday , December 11, 2014 - 3:07 PM

Tim Gurrister

BRIGHAM CITY — A Box Elder County woman has been charged with taking nude photographs of her 5-year-old daughter and selling them.

Starla McCabe, 45, was arraigned this week on 10 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor before 1st District Judge Tom Willmore, who set a status conference for Dec. 15. The charge carries a potential one-to-15-year prison term.

McCabe is held in the Box Elder County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The offenses occurred last month, according to charging documents, which said the images were found pursuant to a search warrant for McCabe's camera and her hand-held game console that also has a camera function.

The photos show the 5-year-old girl's face and she is naked from the waist down, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office. Another photo has the girl posed naked on a couch seductively, reads the statement.

The child said her mother had taken the photographs "and printed the pictures and sold them to people for $100," according to the affidavit.

When confronted by a detective, McCabe allegedly admitted taking the pictures of the girl's genitalia "to show her what it looks like," reads the affidavit. She then refused to answer further questions, invoking her Miranda rights.

As to the alleged buyers of the images, Chief Deputy Sheriff Kevin Potter, the agency's spokesman, would only say an investigation is ongoing. "We can't comment on an active investigation."

McCabe's public defender, Bernie Allen, declined comment, saying "we need to get through all the discovery, all the police reports, before I could say anything at all."

McCabe was arrested in Perry, but is listed with a Brigham City address. Her criminal history, which dates back to 2006, includes addresses in Fielding, Tremonton and Garland on the state courts database.

She spent 43 days in the county jail earlier this year on a felony meth possession conviction while residing in Garland. Other prior convictions involve misdemeanor drug or alcohol offenses, sometimes both, in Garland last year; in Tremonton in 2011, 2010, and 2007; and Fielding in 2006. Several of the cases included child endangerment charges because of the proximity of children to drugs that were seized.

The state Division of Child and Family Services has been involved with the family, officials said.

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