Caroline County, Md- Darlene Louise Allen sentenced in Human Trafficking case to 20 years of incarceration to the Division of Corrections. (8/11/2017)

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

 

In December of 2016, the Defendant Darlene Louise Allen and a co-defendant, trafficked a minor female victim from the Best Western Hotel in Denton, Caroline County, Maryland located at 521 Fleetwood Dr. to a residence in Greenwood, Delaware for the purposes of having the minor female engage in prostitution.

 

The minor female revealed that she was encouraged to perform sex acts in exchange for money by Darlene Louise Allen and a co-defendant. She detailed an incident in January where she was driven by Darlene Louise Allen and a co-defendant to a location in Delaware, met an individual later identified as John Lapp (DOB 11/13/1946), performed a sex act, received money from John Lapp, gave that money to Darlene Louise Allen and a co-defendant, they procured heroin, and all three injected the narcotics with the minor female victim being assisted by Darlene Louise Allen and A co-defendant.

 

Darlene Louise Allen entered a plea of guilty to Human Trafficking on June 15, 2017. She was sentenced to 20 years of incarceration to the Division of Corrections by Circuit Court Judge Jonathan G. Newell .

 

The State’s Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristina Arriaga and Assistant State’s Attorney Caroline Norman with their work on this conviction. Furthermore, we would like to recognize the work of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department (particularly Detective Justin Reibly), the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Juvenile Services for the work all of these agencies put in to help obtain this result. Most of all though, we want to acknowledge the courage of our minor victim for coming forward. Without her cooperating with this prosecution, her willingness to come forward, and share the details of this incident (which while we view her as blameless was no doubt difficult to recount) none of this would be possible.

 

This is another facet to the opiate epidemic in our community. Heroin addiction limits the addicts’ ability to express empathy to others and may cause the addict to have disregard for the rights of others. While the State’s Attorney Office acknowledges that addiction to heroin is sometimes categorized as a disease, it does not stop our offices commitment to protecting our families. If you are suffering with heroin addiction and are looking for help, I encourage you to contact our local health department and the Caroline Counseling Center for their Addiction Recovery Services. If you are a victim of human trafficking and are looking for assistance please know that we want to help. If you do not feel safe contacting the State’s Attorney Office please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

 

Joseph A. Riley – Prosecutor of Darlene Allen

(State’s Attorney-Ad Interim for Caroline County)

 

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