WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people. Tonight, that proverb is hitting home in Wilmington.
Nearly three years ago, a father paid a prostitute to have sex with his 13-year-old son. The dad is already in prison for up more than a decade, but the prostitute is not facing a similar sentence.
Randy Herriott faced a number of charges for hiring the prostitute for his son. The crimes earned him 12 to 16 years in prison. But a New Hanover county judge decided today that jail time was not the proper punishment for the hooker involved.
Janice Allgood pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court to indecent liberties with a minor. Prosecutors dropped prostitution and statutory rape charges in a plea bargain.
Three years ago, Herriott hired Allgood through Craigslist for his son. Herriott lied to Allgood telling her the 13-year-old boy was 17.
Today a judge sentenced Allgood to probation. The victim's mother feels justice was not served.
"She had sex with my 13-year-old son, and she should have done jail time, and she got a slap on the wrist," Chris Herriott said.
In addition to supervised probation, Allgood must register as a sex offender for 30 years.