Teens run away from foster care, allegedly exchange sex for ride


by WHAS editors


Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 5:20 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A Jeffersonville man is accused of having sex with teens who ran away from foster care. Police said they willingly slept with him in exchange for a ride to Louisville.

It was March 4 when a 14- and 15-year-old ran away from foster care and alledgly had sex with a 49-year-old man.

Police said the teen girls were in the area around the Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge in Jeffersonville looking for a ride to Louisville. That's where Allen Purcell found them.

Jeremy Mull, Clark county Prosecutor, said, “Purcell then picked them up, did go an obtain liquor and rent a motel room.”

The hotel room is where the girls allegedly had sex with him and each other before he dropped them in Louisville. They were found and returned to Child Place, the center where they'd been staying.

The Child Place, according to their website, works in adoption and counseling.

Deputies served a warrant for Purcell's arrest a his Jeffersonville home on July 25. He turned himself into to jail this morning. His mother-in-law said she had no idea.

“I think they go the wrong person,” she said.

The 49-year-old is not acused of forcing the teens to have sex.

Reports indicate that there is evidence the girls may have misrepresented their ages to Purcell.