Maryland Couple Injected Teen with Heroin and Forced Her into Prostitution: Police

BY CHRIS HARRIS•@CHRISHARRISMENT

POSTED ON APRIL 20, 2017 AT 2:51PM EDT

A Maryland couple is facing human trafficking and child abuse charges after authorities have accused them of injecting a 15-year-old girl with heroin and forcing her into prostitution.

PEOPLE obtained a statement from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, which confirms Darlene Louise Allen, 35, of Federalsburg, and Paul Thomas Owen, 26, of Greensboro, were arrested on April 4.

Authorities began investigating the couple in early January after receiving a tip about the alleged abuse. The statement reveals Allen and Owen allegedly injected the teenage victim with heroin numerous times, and investigators have also accused Owen of having sex with the girl...