The two men have since been identified as 37-year-old Lafe Best and 39-year-old Benjamin Worster. Deputies were able to discover texts between the two men describing their plot to one another.
In December, the girl and her mother moved into and were staying at Worster’s apartment. When they first moved into the apartment, the 3-year-old girl told her mother that Worster had touched her inappropriately.
Shortly thereafter, Worster was taken from the home by ambulance for an apparent overdose. That’s when the girl’s mother located Worster’s phone and discovered the texts messages that he had sent to Lafe Best in which they discussed how they wanted to rape the child, not caring if she was conscious at the time of the act or not.
Best described in messages that the mother was “not a very good mom” and ignored her daughter and that he was going to “get to work on that” in regards to the rape. When detectives arrived at the household, they found child pornography in the home. There was also a 20-month-old child in the home at the time but they do not believe that the child was the victim of any abuse.
They have since been charged with conspiracy to commit sexual battery on a child.
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