Man Targeted Kids Of Drug-Addicted Mothers For Child Sex-Trafficking Ring, Authorities Allege

Larry Dean Porter allegedly abused the children of women he was dealing drugs to, according to authorities in Scioto County, Ohio.

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About 80% of human trafficking victims are used for sexual exploitation. The U.S. State Department estimates there are 14,500-17,500 victims in the United States each year.

An Ohio man is accused targeting drug-addicted mother and their kids in a child sex-trafficking operation.

Larry Dean Porter, 69, is accused of feeding “weed and pills” to at least three mothers whose children he then allegedly molested at his Wheelersburg, Ohio home, according to an incident report obtained by Oxygen.com. He was charged with human trafficking and attempted rape of an individual under the age of 13.

Porter was busted by undercover law enforcement after allegedly arranging to pay cash to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl, authorities said. He was arrested by Jackson County sheriff’s deputies on March 16.

“Larry Dean Porter had been having girls who were strung out on dope bring their kids over and that they would trade the kids for dope and money,” the incident report alleged. “The parents would let Dean and others sexually assault the kids and … this was recorded.”

The FBI allegedly recovered an SD card containing a cornucopia of child porn that had been stuffed in a mason jar and buried in Porter’s backyard. The memory card contained images of a 37-year-old Ohio mom performing sex acts a “very small child,” between the ages of 5 and 7, authorities alleged in the incident report.

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Stringer allegedly confessed to participating in a number of sexual acts involving minors at Porter's home, whom she said was her drug dealer. The Ohio mother told detectives Porter enlisted her to recruit her friend Kathryn McMullen to “bring her kids” over to the man’s house for the purposes of assaulting them. She allegedly delivered McMullen to Porter and then performed sex acts on the woman’s kids at Porter’s request.

McMullen also allegedly engaged in the sexual abuse her own 3-year-old daughter and “6 or 7”-year-old son, according to the incident report. Other times, McMullen allegedly watched her kids being molested or would sit and use Porter’s “computer until they got done.”

During a separate episode at Porter's home, Stringer alleged she witnessed him molesting another mother’s naked 5-year-old daughter during a drug deal. That mom, Magan Richmond, 32, was also there “to score “pills and dope,” authorities said in the report. She faces charges as well.

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Stringer also accused the suspected child sex criminal of exploiting one of her relatives in a similar fashion.

The 69-year-old Ohio man allegedly filmed the abuse in order to blackmail the women in case they reported him to law enforcement. He allegedly threatened to kill the mothers and their children if they broke their silence. Porter also claimed to have “all the law enforcement people” in his pocket, including judges and attorneys, the incident report stated.

A number of minors involved have been placed under the care of child protective services.

Stringer, McMullen, and Richmond were subsequently arrested and charged with rape. They’re each being held on a $500,000 bond, online jail records show.

Porter, meanwhile, is being held on $1 million bond at a Jackson County jail. He was arraigned on March 12.

“We will not tolerate this in Jackson County,” Sheriff Tedd Frazier said following Porter’s arrest.

Additional charges are also pending in the ongoing sex trafficking investigation, according to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.

“We will continue to work effortlessly with these agencies to assure the safety of all the children in our community,” Captain John W. Murphy also said in a statement.

The three Ohio women appeared in court on Monday. “We look forward to getting into the case and investigating it and getting to the bottom of it,” Shawn Stratton, McMullen’s public defender, told Oxygen.com.

He said media coverage of the case thus far has been unfair.

“People are already judging my client,” Stratton said. “People need to hold their judgment until the case goes through the legal system.”

Stratton said he expects the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak could delay grand jury proceedings in the case.

McMullen doesn’t appear to have a past criminal record in Portsmouth Municipality. However, both Richmond and Stringer have logged a number of drug-related arrests in recent years.

Richmond was found guilty on drug charges in 2012 and 2019, separate court documents show. Stringer’s rap sheet includes drug trafficking and drug abuse arrests stretching back to 2008. She was also convicted on narcotics charges in 2012. Her public defender Luke Brazinkski wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Stringer’s current court-appointed public defender, Richard Wolfson, didn’t respond to Oxygen.com’s request for a statement.

Richmond, McMullen, and Stringer are due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, according to court documents.

Anyone with further information related to the case is urged to contact Det. Jodi Conkel, at the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, at 740-351-1091.

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