Texas man accused of 'grooming' 14-year-old teen for prostitution

Allen Lee Auston was arrested by deputies Thursday afternoon.
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Allen Lee Auston was arrested by deputies Thursday afternoon.

Credit: Harris County Precinct 4

Credit: Harris County Precinct 4

A Texas man is accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl for prostitution after police responded to a call at a north Houston motel, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Allen Lee Auston, 29, is charged with human trafficking of a minor, aggravated promotion of prostitution and compelling prostitution, the newspaper reported.

Police said they discovered Auston in his motel room Thursday during a routine medical call, along with the teen, another woman and a 2-year-old child, KPRC reported.

The girl attempted to give a false name, but deputies said they could tell she had been coached not to speak out against Auston, KHOU reported.

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“Understand (that) our human trafficking folks deal with this more than a regular deputy would," Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told the television station. "After they developed a bond and they talked to her, the longer they talked to her, the more they got the truth out of her. I can tell you her parents are very relieved to have her rescued."

The teen was taken to a hospital for a medical assessment before she was transferred to Harris County Juvenile probation, the Chronicle reported.

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