Missouri woman charged with encouraging statutory rape

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri woman who is accused of buying lingerie and condoms for a 12-year-old girl and encouraging her to have a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old man has been charged with child endangerment.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 66-year-old Jo Garrison, of Springfield, was arrested last week and freed after posting bond. Charging documents say Garrison bought condoms for the girl and told her not to get pregnant when she was diagnosed last year with chlamydia.

The 18-year-old, who is charged with statutory rape, allegedly told police he tried to end the relationship, but Garrison manipulated him into continuing and bought lingerie for the girl.

Documents say Garrison told officers she was fine with the relationship. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

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