Woman arrested for recruiting underage girls to have sex with her nephew

Jessica Cleveland and Braeden Hendershott 
By: Aarav Sen 

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested after luring two young girls to have sex with her nephew.

The 31-year-old woman and her 18-year-old nephew were charged with sexual abuse of minors after the aunt allegedly met girls at church and brought them to her nephew, who raped them.

Jessica Cleveland met the 14-year-old girls, who are cousins, at the Catoosa church, where she befriended them. Once they felt close enough with her and trusted her, she invited them to hang out at her home. Then, Cleveland encouraged them to have sex with her nephew, 18-year-old, Braeden Hendershott.

According to police, Hendershott and his aunt knew that both girls were 14 years old. Cleveland warned the girls not to tell anyone about the encounter because they would be in trouble.

According to court documents, Cleveland gave the girls vodka and wine then she dropped them off at Hendershott's apartment to have sex with him. She picked them up afterward and bought them the morning after pill to prevent them from getting pregnant.

One girl told police that she was a virgin and repeatedly refused Hendershott advances during the first encounter, but when he kept insisting, she gave in.

This repeated itself on several occasions. Only recently, one girl decided to come forward and report the abuse to police

Jessica Cleveland, 31, was charged with two counts of enabling child abuse and giving alcohol to a minor.

Hendershott was charged with three counts of second-degree rape, one count of sodomy, lewd or indecent acts to a child and furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor. Hendershott is being held at the Rogers County Jail on $116,000 bond.