ATHENS – Deputies from the Athens
County Sheriff’s Office executed
a search warrant Friday at an Athens residence as part of an
prostitution and trafficking in persons.
According to a Saturday evening media release, Athens
County Sheriff Pat
Kelly said D etective John
Deak, working with caseworkers from Athens County Children
Services, received information Sept 23 that a 16-year-old
female was being used as a prostitute in exchange for
money and drugs.
Kelly said Ellen Mays, 27, of Binder Basin Road
in Glouster was
interviewed Friday by detectives and charged with compelling prostitution and
trafficking in persons. Mays allegedly confessed to
detectives she set meetings between 69-year-old
Fred Kittle Sr.,13639 Rocky Point Rd., and the
juvenile female for the purposes
of prostitution, and received drugs in exchange.
Kittle is a
registered sexual offender in Athens County and
evidence was collected at his residence.
The juvenile is safe and is
in the care of children's
Kittle was charged with allegedly compelling prostitution and importuning and Mays was charged with allegedly compelling prostitution and
trafficking in persons. Mays is being held at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail (SEORJ) in Nelsonville on two $50,000 cash or surety bonds. A search of the SEORJ database did not turn up a record for Kittle.
will resume the
investigation Monday to determine if others are involved and collect more