A Philadelphia mother allegedly accepted payment from a man who sexually assaulted her two daughters over a period of years, according to prosecutors.
Alfredo Rosales, 51, and Esperanza Mani-Cortez, 44, were both arrested after an investigation that began last Friday when the Englewood Police Department in New Jersey received information that the man may have been engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl, a news release from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office stated.
Investigators discovered that Rosales was allegedly engaging in sexual activity with the 14-year-old, who was in his company at the time, and a 12-year-old girl, according to the release.
The alleged abuse had been taking place since 2010, prosecutors said.
“The investigation further revealed that Esperanza Mani-Cortez made the two juvenile females available to Rosales so that he could sexually assault them, and received financial compensation from Rosales in exchange,” the release stated.
Mani-Cortez, of Philadelphia, and Rosales, of Englewood, were taken into custody Saturday on charges of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault by sexual contact, aggravated sexual contact and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to the release.
Rosales was being held on $500,000 bail, while Mani-Cortez’s bail was set at $300,000, prosecutors said. Both have also been ordered to surrender their passports and have no contact with the victims.
They are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.