Larry Dean Porter (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office)

Scioto Co. Man And Family Indicted On Child Trafficking Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal indictment accuses a Scioto County man and members of his family of charges related to trafficking young children in exchange for drugs.

The indictment says 69-year-old Larry Dean Porter of Wheelersburg, repeatedly traded drugs for sex with three girls, with several other adults helping transport the victims to Porter’s house.

Authorities reportedly began investigating Porter in April 2019. He was arrested in March 2020 during a sting operation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

In social media messages coordinated by law enforcement, Porter allegedly offered to pay $80 in exchange for time alone with a 7-year-old girl

Porter is also accused of taking sexually explicit photos of the children for the purposes of creating child pornography.

Porter’s court-appointed public defender declined comment. Eight other adults were charged, including two of Porter’s adult daughters and a cousin.

You can read the full redacted complaint here.