Warren man remains in jail after arraignment in prostitution case

Blasco facing charges of felony promoting prostitution

Staff report


Daniel J. Blasco, 62, was arraigned Wednesday in Warren Municipal Court on felony promoting prostitution and remains in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

A not-guilty plea was entered for him, and Judge Terry Ivanchak ordered him to stay away from his home at 765 Kenilworth Ave. SE.

Investigators say Blasco operated a prostitution ring out of the home. Police arrested Blasco in a motor vehicle Monday at about the same time they entered the home with a search warrant looking for evidence of the enterprise.

An affidavit said officials were searching for evidence to verify claims made by women that Blasco gave them drugs in exchange for working as a prostitute.

Investigators said they also were searching for evidence of drug trafficking and human trafficking.

A hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to determine whether the home will remain boarded up as a nuisance.

Judge Ivanchak also ordered Blasco to stay away from Laura N. Panagis, 28, of Oak Knoll Avenue Southeast, who was arrested Monday with Blasco and is charged with possession of drug-abuse instruments.

She pleaded not guilty and also remains jailed.

A Warren police report says Panagis told them Jan. 25 that Blasco was holding her against her will and forcing her into prostitution. She said Blasco would take her to drug houses to buy heroin.

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