CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Authorities said a man is accused of using threats of deportation to force a woman from Nicaragua and her daughter into sexual servitude.
The man, Jason White, and the unnamed woman were married for three years.
White's mother, Toddie White, told WSOC Jason traveled to Nicaragua to marry the woman, but she couldn't become a legal resident until they could prove that they were married for more than two years.
Sheriff's investigators said Jason White told his wife he would not go to affirm their marriage unless she did exactly what he demanded.
Toddie White claims otherwise. Toddie said Jason is a Gulf War veteran who is disabled and unable to work due to severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
"He loved her," Toddie White told ABC.
Jason White's wife and stepdaughter were dependent on him to the point that he was able to take advantage of the two by making ultimatums.
"He had too much control," Cleveland County Maj. Joel Shores said.
Shores said he not only sent inappropriate text messages through Facebook to his stepdaughter, he also touched the teen.
Stranded thousands of miles away from home, White's wife and daughter have now moved out of the house and are living with friends.
White is out of jail on bond.
NC man accused of using threats to force wife, stepdaughter into sexual servitude