Updated Mon, Oct 7, 2013 5:14 pm
A woman charged with prostituting a 16-year-old for money and drugs has been indicted by an Athens County Grand Jury, however the 69-year-old man who allegedly had sex with the girl has had his case dismissed in municipal court.
Aileen M. Mays, 27, of Binder Basin Road in Glouster, was indicted Monday of four felonies. Mays, who remains incarcerated in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on $50,000 bond, faces charges of compelling prostitution, a second-degree felony, trafficking in persons, a first-degree felony, and two counts of compelling prostitution, felonies of the third degree, according to a release from the Athens County Prosecutor's Office.
Mays was arrested Sept. 27 after an investigation by the Athens County Sheriff's Office found that she allegedly made arrangements for a 16-year-old female to have sex with a registered sex offender, Fred W. Kittle.
In exchange, Mays was allegedly going to receive "drugs and/or money," the release stated.
Sheriff's deputies and caseworkers with Athens County Children Services received information on Sept. 23 that the 16-year-old was allegedly being used as a prostitute. Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said the teen has been cooperating with the prosecutor's office, according to previous Messenger reporting.
Mays allegedly told law enforcement she had received drugs in exchange for the girl performing sex acts on Kittle.
Kittle, 69, of Rocky Point Road in Athens, was not indicted, despite being arrested at the same time as Mays on for felony charges of compelling prostitution and importuning. Kittle has been previously convicted and served time in prison for rape.
Kittle posted a $20,000 surety bond on Sept. 28, the Saturday after his arrest. His case was dismissed without prejudice in Athens County
Municipal Court before a preliminary hearing could be held Monday. The case being dismissed without prejudice means charges could be refiled should the prosecution decided to do so.
Kittle's case remains under investigation based on "the nature of the evidence and the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Crawford v. Washington."
"(The court decision) is the principle that statements made by a co-defendant can not be used against a defendant unless they testify in court," Blackburn told The Messenger.
Detectives from the Athens County Sheriff's Office have met with Blackburn and an assistant prosecutor and are "working to obtain outstanding evidence from the incident," the new release stated.
Mays' arraignment in Athens County Common Pleas Court is scheduled for Oct. 16.
The case was also investigated by Athens County Children Services. The Child Advocacy Center was utilized during the investigation.