It is alleged parents sold their four underage daughters to a child porn ring. The kids were also being raised in deplorable conditions.
In what a prosecutor described as one of the worst cases he had seen in 20 years, Ronnie Lee McCall, 61, and his wife Connie Sue McCall, 40, face several federal child sex charges. It is alleged the couple went around their hometown of Johnson City, renting out their four daughters to people who engaged in sex with them and made child pornography videos.
The girls range in age from 5 to 16. The Justice Department and the FBI became involved after an investigation revealed one of the girls was taken to South Carolina to be used to make child pornography.
The McCalls were originally arrested in July 2012. At that time they were charged with felony child abuse and child neglect. The Johnson City trailer the family lived in was described as "deplorable."
Debbie Dunn, an investigator with the Johnson City Police Department, said the six-year-old suffered from head and body lice, flea bites, ring worm and severe dental problems. Dunn said, "The amount of tooth decay, you can imagine was extremely painful. She had black teeth and holes in all the teeth, just really inexcusable."
Further investigation revealed allegations of selling the daughters to make child porn. Indictments were handed down last week by a federal grand jury.
Police believe the children were sexually used to make child pornography for at least a couple of years. According to Tony Clark, the Washington County District Attorney, one man who had sexual contact with the girls later committed suicide.
Ronnie McCall was arraigned on Friday and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Connie McCall is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday. Both have been held in custody since their latest arrest.
The girls, who were removed from the home in 2012 when the investigation began, are in foster care and reportedly doing well. Authorities hope eventually, all four can be adopted by the same family.