Officers foil sex-trafficking plot

A gray Chrysler with Ohio plates was parked illegally on Winter Street.

That’s what caught the attention of a pair of Fort Wayne police officers one afternoon in March. And if they hadn’t stopped to check out what was going on, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether an alleged scheme to pimp out a 14-year-old girl through the Internet would have ever been discovered.

But because they did, a city man is now facing felony charges of rape, promotion of human trafficking, sexual misconduct with a minor and attempt to promote prostitution, all while a girl who ran away from home to make money by selling herself was taken away from the street life.

Allen County prosecutors formally charged 29-year-old Patrick J. Davis, aka Alan Davis, on Tuesday afternoon after a little more than a month of investigating.

Davis initially met the girl through Facebook, according to Allen Superior Court documents. In messages he sent her, Davis brought up the possibility of the two of them making money through prostitution, the girl later told investigators. When asked if he knew she was under age, the girl told investigators she made it clear to him she was younger than 15.

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