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Police: Maryland couple injected girl with heroin, coerced sex acts

DENTON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland couple is accused of injecting a 15-year-old girl with heroin and forcing her into prostitution.

The Caroline County Sheriff's Office said 35-year-old Darlene Louise Allen of Federalsburg and 26-year-old Paul Thomas Owen of Greensboro were arrested earlier this month.

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An investigation revealed Allen and Owen, her boyfriend, injected the victim with heroin on several occasions, authorities said.

They also coerced her to perform sex acts with men at a Denton hotel and drove her to Delaware to perform a sex act in exchange for money, authorities also said.

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Allen and Owen face charges including human trafficking and child abuse. Local media report they are being held without bond.

An attorney for Allen didn't return a message from The Associated Press. Owen's attorney declined comment.

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