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Agents raid Youngstown towing company

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

State agents and local police executed search warrants at three locations Thursday, including a Youngstown towing company as part of an investigation into allegations that include compelling prostitution.

Youngstown police and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched the main office of Bugno's Towing at 1101 East Indianola Avenue, as well as a storage facility owned by Bugno's at 535 North Garland Avenue. 

They also searched a home at 235 Clingan Road in Struthers. According to the Mahoning County Auditor's office, the home is owned by Christopher and Elizabeth Bugno.

Authorities told 21 News that the search warrants were issued in connection with an investigation into unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning, compelling prostitution, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, corrupting another person with drugs, and permitting drug abuse.

According to a police report filed in June, a Youngstown man claimed that an employee of the towing company had been paying his sixteen year son to perform sex acts on the boy. 

A spokesman for the towing company said that the teen making the allegations bears a grudge against the employee in question.

No charges have been filed.

The operator of Bugno's towing said that the business had be shut down Thursday because authorities confiscated the cell phone which is used to run the company's dispatch system.

 

 

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