Eventually, M.D. agreed to have sex with other men, the warrant says. Either Earle or Zarifi would call her on her cellphone, and arrange to pick her up either at school or at her group home. From there, M.D. would be driven to a home operated by Bivens, where she would be paid $40 to have sex with men, the warrant says.
M.D. also had sex with Zarifi in a room at Bivens house, the warrant says.
A review of text messages on M.D.s phone by police recovered several messages from Earle involving johns, including a message that somebody wanna pay u to [have sex].
Another resident of the group home, which was operated by Childrens Home Society, told police that she, too, had been recruited into prostitution by S.S. and Earle. The girl, identified only as C.W., said that Earle gave her clothes at first without asking for sex in return. Later, C.W. had sex with Earle, who then coaxed her into having sex with Bivens, as well, as a kind of trial run, the warrant states.
Shortly after that, police say, Earle asked C.W. to meet with his brother, Dean, who had recently been released from jail. Dean gave the girl cash without requiring that she have sex, the warrant says. But by March 2011, C.W. was prostituting herself for Dean. The arrangement lasted until the following August, the warrant says, and then briefly a month later. C.W. told police that Dean charged johns $100 to have sex with the girl. He paid her $30.
Another foster child who lived at the group home, identified as J.D., told police that Earle tried to recruit her, as well, to work for him as a prostitute. She states that E knew that they were minors at the time he recruited them, the warrant says.
Though child welfare administrators typically try to place foster children in homes with foster parents, some children prove to be more challenging. Older children with developments disabilities, mental illness or behavioral problems end up in group homes, rather than with foster families, because its hard to find families willing to take them.
The ease with which ring members had access to the girls showed the extreme lack of supervision of these girls, said Carole Schauffer, a childrens advocate who is working with DCF to recruit foster parents and improve the quality of foster parenting. Nobody is looking at them as a parent would, Schauffer said.