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Duo who met in Pa. prison face sex-slave charges

Published: Thu, February 6, 2014 @ 4:44 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former inmate and the state prison guard he befriended while serving time for a drug offense have been charged with enslaving a 16-year-old runaway, whom they allegedly forced into prostitution.

The sordid details of the charges faced by Rasul Abernathy, 32, and Poshauntaramin Walker, 34, were spelled out in a search warrant unsealed Wednesday. Online court records don’t list attorney for the couple, who have been in custody since their arrests in Philadelphia last week.

Abernathy met the girl after she told him she ran away from a court-ordered juvenile placement.

“Abernathy told her that she could live with his girlfriend, Walker,” FBI Special Agent Michael Goodhue wrote in the affidavit. “At the time, he did not disclose to the juvenile that he also lived with Walker.”

Abernathy also didn’t tell the girl the residence had only one bed, which the girl shared with the couple, investigators said.

Abernathy had met Walker when he was serving time for a parole violation and drug offense from February 2007 to September 2008 at the state prison in Greensburg, about 30 mile east of Pittsburgh, investigators said.


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