Cou­ple drugs girl, forces her into pros­ti­tu­tion

Times-Record - - NEWS - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DENTON — A Caro­line County grand jury in­dicted a Caro­line County cou­ple who al­legedly in­jected a 15-year-old girl with heroin and forced her to per­form pros­ti­tu­tion on adult men, ac­cord­ing to the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Paul Thomas Owen, 26, of Denton was ar­rested and charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing-take cause, hu­man traf­fick­ing-ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially, sec­ond­de­gree child abuse, third-de­gree sex of­fense, sex­ual solic­i­ta­tion of a mi­nor, sex abuse of a mi­nor, con­tribut­ing to con­di­tion of child abuse, ne­glect of a mi­nor, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, pos­ses­sion of heroin and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

Dar­lene Louise Allen, 35, of Ridgely was ar rested and charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing­take cause, hu­man traf­fick­ing ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially, sec­ond-de­gree child abuse, con­tribut­ing to con­di­tion of child abuse, ne­glect of a mi­nor and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. They are be­ing held at the Caro­line County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice, Caro­line County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices-Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices and po­lice be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing a child abuse al­le­ga­tion in Jan­uar y. Po­lice said in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­firmed the girl was in­jected with heroin on sev­eral oc­ca­sions by Allen and her boyfriend, Owen.

Po­lice said be­tween Dec. 17 and 20, 2016, Allen, Owen and the girl were stay­ing in a room at the Best Western Ho­tel in Denton, and the girl al­legedly was co­erced by Allen and Owen to per­form pros­ti­tu­tion on adult men in the ho­tel room in re­turn for drugs and money.

Po­lice said Allen also was per­form­ing pros­ti­tu­tion in the room, and Owen had sex­ual in­ter­course with the girl dur­ing the ho­tel stay.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice, Allen and Owen drove the girl to Delaware for the pur­poses of per­form­ing sex­ual acts on an el­derly man in Green­wood, Del. Po­lice said money was ex­changed for the al­leged sex­ual en­counter with the Delaware man and the girl.

Po­lice said Lori Lynn Grif­fith, 43, of Ridgely had a level of in­volve­ment in the case. Po­lice said she was served with a crim­i­nal sum­mons, charg­ing her with ne­glect of a mi­nor and con­tribut­ing to the con­di­tion of a child.

PAUL THOMAS OWEN

DAR­LENE LOUISE ALLEN

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