9 indicted in Ohio sex trafficking case that saw mothers trade OWN children with pedophiles for drugs

The sex trafficking ring made headlines in March when pedophile Larry Dean Porter and others including three mothers were arrested


                            9 indicted in Ohio sex trafficking case that saw mothers trade OWN children with pedophiles for drugs
W David Cole, Larry Dean Porter, Frank E Andrews (Franklin County Jail, Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Butler County Jail)

WHEELERSBURG, OHIO: A federal grand jury indicted around 9 people on federal sex trafficking and obstruction charges that were related to an Ohio sex trafficking ring. The sex trafficking ring had been accused of bartering drugs for minor children. As per an arrest warrant that was released in July, a 10th person had also been taken into custody in link to the case in early July.

The sex trafficking ring had initially made headlines back in March when Ohio pedophile, Larry Dean Porter, and others including three mothers were arrested in connection with sexually abusing many children between the ages of 3 and 13. The nine people who have been charged include two of Porter's daughters, Denna Sue Porter, 32, and Crystal D Porter, 39. The Department of Justice says that in the days following Porter's arrest, his two daughters had put an SD memory card in a jar and buried it in Porter's backyard.

According to DOJ, court documents reveal that this SD memory card was full of pornographic images that were shot inside Porter's bedroom. Authorities revealed that two of Porter's associates, Frank E Andrews and W David Cole, were also seen making trips to his property. DOJ also said that while searching at Andrews' home, the authorities had found many child pornography videos with file titles that matched those found on Porter's computer. 

Authorities revealed that there were many Facebook messages which had allegedly shown Cole and Porter talking about their victims. Three people who had provided the children to Porter were also indicted. 36-year-old Joshua David Aldridge had taken minor victims to Porter's home in exchange for illegal drugs. Back in March, ABC revealed that three women — Magan Richmond, 32, Tasha Stringer, 37, and Kathryn McMullen, 36 — had been arrested after being accused of sexually molesting children.

Kathryn McMullen, Magan Richmond, and Tasha Stringer (Scioto County Sheriff's Office)

The three women were charged with felony rape and had bonds of  $100,000. As reported by Oxygen, Stringer had allegedly performed sex acts with the children at Porter's request. We had earlier reported that the sex ring was only uncovered earlier this year after it was busted by a law enforcement sting that had an undercover cop posing as a fellow pedophile.

Porter was caught when he showed up at a meeting where he thought he was meeting a minor girl after having allegedly agreeing to pay $80 to spend many hours abusing her. An informant had told the FBI that they saw people who had reportedly been abused by Porter when they were kids, only to grow up and take their own children to be abused in exchange for drugs and money.

In early March, a source shared with detectives that Porter had called many years before to offer her drugs in exchange for allowing him to 'babysit' her partner's two-year-old. According to the source, Porter would use the term 'babysit' as a euphemism for the time he spent abusing the children or clicking pictures of them. 

Anyone with additional information about this child sex trafficking ring or who thinks they may have been a victim of it is asked to call the FBI at (614) 315-4923 or Scioto County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jodi Conkel at (740) 351-1091.

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