Caroline County Couple Arrested for Human Trafficking and Child Abuse

DENTON, Md. – The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Caroline County couple for allegedly injecting a child with heroin and forcing her into prostitution.

According to the sheriff’s office, 35-year-old Darlene Allen and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Paul Owen were arrested sometime in early April after a months-long investigation into the potential child abuse.

In January 2017, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services – Child Protective Services Division were notified about a child abuse allegation. The victim was a 15-year-old girl.

The investigation revealed that Allen and Owen had injected the victim with heroin on several occasions. During a four-day span from December 17-20, 2016, investigators say Allen and Owen coerced the 15-year-old girl into performing acts of prostitution on several men in a hotel room at the Best Western in Denton, Md. in exchange for money and drugs. During that same time, investigators say Owen also had sex with the victim. **** (EDITOR'S NOTE---RAPED the victim)

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