EDEN, N.C. — Two people are behind bars after someone contacted the Eden Police Department alleging that two teenage girls were involved in inappropriate sexual relationships with an older man and that the girls’ mother was facilitating the relationships.
“I’ve been doing this 20 years,” said Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer. “This is the first one that I know of, of a mother prostituting her daughter. It makes you speechless.”
After an investigation, conducted by the Eden Police Department and Rockingham County Child Protective Services, Thomas “Tommy” Obie Woodall, 66, and Teresa Ann Vanover, 52, were arrested.
Woodall was charged with 12 counts of felony statutory sex offense. He was placed in the Rockingham County Jail under a $5 million secured bond. Woodall is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 24.
Blitzer says the alleged acts took place at Woodall’s Barber Shop in Eden and only involves one of the girls.
Vanover, the girl’s mom, was charged with 12 counts of felony child abuse by prostitution. She is also being held at the Rockingham County Jail under a $5 million secured bond. Her court date is Sept. 24.
“When their own mother is facilitating it, it takes it to levels that we don’t even like to imagine as human beings,” Blitzer said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Police have not released further details to ensure the safety and well-being of the victims.
Woodall is known in Eden for Woodall’s Barber Shop, located at 130 N. Fieldcrest Road.