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UPDATE: Parkville Couple Charged With Enslaving Girl for Sex

A Parkville couple has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly abusing a 15-year-old North Carolina girl, authorities said.

UPDATE (3:16 p.m.)—A Parkville couple accused of treating a 15-year-old North Carolina girl as a sex slave faces more than a dozen state and federal charges, authorities said.

A federal indictment, handed down May 9, charges John Andrew Blaes, 48, and Margaret Ellen Jones, 36, with transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes, as well as producing and distributing child pornography.

Blaes and Jones, who lived together at Blaes' home in the 8600 block of Wendell Ave., at the time of the alleged crimes, met online in 2010 and became involved in a sexual relationship involving "bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism," according to the indictment.

You can read the federal indictment in PDF format attached to this article.

In July 2011, the indictment states, the pair sent nude photographs to the North Carolina girl before driving to the state, where they picked her up and allegedly abused her in the car.

Between July and November 2011, the girl moved into the couple's home, where they allegedly had sex with her multiple times per week, recorded themselves and distributed the video online, according to the indictment.

It is unclear whether the recent federal indictment will affect the state case. Blaes and Jones are scheduled to stand trial in Baltimore County on June 20, according to electronic court records.

In Baltimore County, each defendant was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of both third- and fourth-degree sexual offense, one count each of sexual solicitation of a minor, two separate types of child pornography charges, possessing child pornography and prostitution of a person under 16.

In addition, Blaes faces an additional two counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to promote or distribute.

Scott Shellenberger, the state's attorney for Baltimore County, told Patch that prosecutors had not decided where to pursue the case.

"All I can tell you at this point is that both jurisdictions have charges and we are working together to decide which jurisdiction is best to proceed in," Shellenberger said. "We expect that we'll have a decision before the [Baltimore County] trial date."

Vickie Le Duc, a spokeswoman for the United State's Attorney's office, confirmed Shellenberger's statement, but did not provide any further information.

"We work together to decide how best to prosecute the case," Le Duc said.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Editor's Note (12:30 p.m.)—A previous version of this article misidentified suspect Margaret Ellen Jones as Mary Ellen Jones. Patch regrets the error.

Editor's Note (3:17 p.m.)—A photo, released by Baltimore County and originally attached to this article, contained an inaccurate image of Margaret Ellen Jones. Police confirmed a Patch reader's comment pointing out the inaccurate photo. Police have since released the correct photograph, which is now attached to this article. A spokeswoman for the police department apologized and said they regret the error.

Brooke Collins May 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
W H A T ???
Michele Silverman May 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Mr Author - That picture is not of Margaret Jones. The one of John is correct, but Margaret has dark hair and blue eyes. You may want to check where you got the pic because it isn't her. Also, the pdf won't open.
Nick Gestido (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Michele, those are the photos I received from the Baltimore County Police Department — I have a call in to them to verify they passed along the correct photo; the .pdf opens fine for me, maybe it's an issue with your computer?
Nick Gestido (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Michele, thank you for the comment about the photo. A public information officer with the police department confirmed they sent the wrong photo. I will have the correct photograph shortly. Thanks again, Nick
Meg O'Hare May 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM
It is such a shame that the world has such evil, perverted people who can hide behind their computers and spew their evil using their computers while enslaving a minor. The worst of humanity can live among us and we do not even know.
Priscilla Russo May 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Wow! Parkville is getting worse and worse everyday! This is absolutely insane! So glad these people got caught! It really makes me sick to know these people live right up the street and have had this going on for quite some time! I have been a resident of Parkville for 7 years and I have never heard of the crimes like we have recently. Parkville has been deteriorating for some time and it is very sad. It can be very pretty once the trash is removed:)
joey May 17, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Its NOT Parkville Priscilla... it's society thats deteriorating. (this could have happened anywhere)
joan May 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Yes I'm sure it just does not happen in Parkville I agree with you Joey, what matters is that they got caught and hopefully our justice system will put them away..forever.. perverted and sick people...
Parkvillehoney May 19, 2012 at 02:40 AM
If residents become proactive, we can take back Parkville. Be observant, report suspicious behavior and stay alert. I love Parkville and have been very active in adopt a road clean-ups and look out for criminal behavior. Sure I am a nosey neighbor but who cares! We can get rid of the bad apples. If we become more observant and report suspicious activity, criminals will realize Parkville isn't an easy mark for criminal activity.
for the love of the children May 24, 2012 at 03:09 PM
This does happen anywhere...and everywhere.
Freedom74 June 06, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Wow. The dude? Weird. Margeret? No self esteem and allowed this pervert to rule her too.
love like woe June 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I don't beleave she had anything to do with the child and I beleave she was drug into this mess by the man that's in the picture with her
Angela J. June 18, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Those two have no excuse for what they've done. There's many people all over the world who have illnesses. But, these two made the decision to do these things, and allowed / participating in those behaviors. If they didn't know that what they were doing and allowing was wrong, then they wouldn't have hidden it.!
JoeSchmo February 13, 2013 at 06:05 AM
She did actually... they had concrete proof.
Dustin Righter May 05, 2013 at 03:00 PM
What has me sick is the fact our useless judicial system took two years after the arrest to get this far. Good job how many other fucked up people get two years extra to just do what ever. :-\ Holding cells or not. I have no personnel beef just reading thus made my stomach hurt.

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