SALEM, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — A Salem woman was sentenced to three years in prison for allowing her 17-year-old daughter to work as a nude stripper.

Christina Marie Lopez pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

The issue came to light in December when the 42-year-old Lopez complained to police and media that a strip club had hired her underage daughter.

The Statesman Journal reports investigators found video that showed the mother watching her daughter dance and giving her money.

Her daughter, Nicole Madril, says her mother wasn’t there to watch her strip.

“It’s not like she came in there and got 50 lap dances from me,” Madril told KGW-TV. “She came in and gave me money so I could get myself something to eat.”

Lopez told KATU-TV she gave her daughter money for food, medicine and to urge her to stop dancing and that she would do it again.

“[N]ow I’m doing time because (my daughter) thinks it’s easy money to strip,” Lopez told KATU. “And I tell her … I’m in here because of you.”

Madril, now 18, told the judge the sentence was unfair and that it was her choice to strip.

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