LOWELL -- The attorney for a 30-year-old Lowell woman, who is accused of forcing an 11-year-old girl to have sex with the woman's boyfriend in exchange for drugs, said his client's status hinges on what the boyfriend does.
In Lowell Superior Court on Thursday, defense attorney Douglas Parigian, who represents Brenda Febre, said if Jean Mandonado, the boyfriend, pleads guilty on June 30 then Febre will also consider a plea change otherwise Parigian will file a motion to sever the two cases. Febre's next court date is July 15.
Febre is charged with reckless endangerment of a child and child enticement.
Parigian said his client is "doing a lot better now."
Maldonado, 23, of Lowell, whose alias is Anthony Mateo Lara, is being held on bail after pleading not guilty to aggravated rape of a child ( two counts), rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, possession of child pornography, and assault and battery.
According to court documents, prosecutor Deb Bercovitch alleges that Febres would keep the girl awake until 2 or 3 a. m., and did not get her to school in the mornings nor clean her clothes. When the victim was 10, Febres began dating Maldonado and told the victim to call him " uncle.''
Bercovitch alleges that Febres allowed Maldonado to sleep in the girl's bed and left her at Maldonado's home to sleep there.
The alleged victim told police she saw Febres "on drugs'' or drunk, and she would give Maldonado money for drugs.
At age 11, the victim told police she saw Febres and Maldonado talking. After the conversation, Febres told the girl she was going with Maldonado somewhere. Maldonado drove the girl to a friend's home, where he allegedly raped her, according to court documents.
During the months that followed this alleged incident, Bercovitch alleges there were five times when Febres would tell Maldonado she wanted drugs in exchange for allowing him to have sex with the girl. Maldonado allegedly took the girl on trips to Lawrence and Boston, where he took her to the mall and bought her clothing that he wanted her to wear when she was with him.
During an incident on July 22, 2011, Lowell police tried to stop Maldonado for an alleged motor- vehicle offense. Instead, Maldonado allegedly tried to drive away, but lost control of his vehicle and crashed.
In the car, police allegedly found a cellphone that contained hundreds of images and video of child pornography. Police said there were also images of Maldonado and the alleged victim together.
In November 2011, the victim told her aunt she was pregnant and had allegedly been raped by Maldonado, Bercovitch alleges. Biological matter from the pregnancy was sent for DNA testing.
Maldonado was arrested Nov. 30, 2011, on motor- vehicle charges, but also agreed to speak to police about the ongoing rape investigation. Maldonado allegedly admitting having sex with the girl, police said.