FARMINGTON — Three Shiprock residents were sentenced on Friday for sexually abusing a minor between 2010 and 2011.
Herbert Ben Sr., 63, and Bruce Hamilton, 77, were sentenced to four years in prison, and Rosabelle Ben, 48, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The three were arrested in May 2012 on suspicion of sexually abusing a child between the age of 12 and 16 and aiding and abetting the sexual abuse.
In July 2013, Herbert Ben pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor for actions that took place between August 2010 and December 2011. Hamilton pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2013, and Rosabelle Ben pleaded guilty in October 2013 to being an accessory to sexual abuse of a minor. She also admitted to making the victim available to Hamilton, according to the news release.