Human Trafficking Investigation in Athens County Nets Two Arrests

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Two Athens County residents have been arrested in a case where a 16-year-old girl was apparently being fforced into prostitution.

Sheriff Pat Kelly said Ellen Mays, 27, of Binder Basin Rd, in Glouster was charged with compelling prostitution and trafficking in persons after she told deputies she set up meetings with an Athens man to exchange sex for drugs and money.

The man, Fred Kittle, Sr., 69, of Rocky Point Rd. was also charged with compelling prostitution and importuning.

Both are being held in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.

According to Kelly, Kittle is a convicted registered sexual offender in Athens County.

The girl is in the care of children's services.

Kelly said the investigation will continue Monday to determine whether others are involved.