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PORTLAND, Ore. -
A woman in Oregon has been arrested, accused of offering a man her 3-year-old daughter for a paid sexual encounter.
Kelsey Wheeler, 27, has been charged with sex trafficking of a child.
Her defense attorney said that Wheeler never planned on going through with the offer and only planned to scam the man out of money, according to OregonLive.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating Wheeler in January in connection with a child pornography case. A man in Eugene said he met Wheeler in Portland, and they discussed extreme sexual fantasies. The man said Wheeler offered her daughter to him for sexual purposes for $1,000, according to court documents reviewed by OregonLive. Wheeler's attorney countered that Wheeler offered $6,000 for a sexual experience with a child under 6 years old but not her daughter. Wheeler claimed she never intended to go through with the offer but did plan on taking the man's money.
Wheeler told the FBI that she had been working as a prostitute since she was 15 but wasn't actively engaging in prostitution currently due to her weight and other health issues.
No sexual encounter with a child occurred, according to court documents.
Wheeler remains in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center after her request for release while awaiting trial was denied.