A Greenfield father has pleaded not guilty to aiding statutory rape inan alleged arrangement to sell his 14-year-old daughter into marriage in exchange for $16,000, beer and meat.
Monterey County prosecutor Cristina Johnson says 36-year-old Marcelino de Jesus Martinez entered pleas Wednesday to procuring a child for lewd acts, aiding and abetting statutory rape and child endangerment.
Trial is set for April 6.
Martinez is in jail on an immigration hold.
Prosecutors say Martinez and the family of Margarito de Jesus Galindo had negotiated a marriage and dowry contract.
Galindo and the girl allegedly lived together for week.
Authorities learned of the deal after Martinez went to police to get his daughter back because payment wasn't made as promised.
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