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Photos: Mark Turturice seventh person busted in alleged meth-fueled child-sex ring

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos below.
Updated: On February 14, we told you about the arrest of six people as part of an alleged child-prostitution ring based in Lakewood, with members accused of luring three underage girls -- including one who was just thirteen -- with meth and other drugs. At the time of our original report, however, Mark Wayne Turitice, a seventh person said to have been involved in the criminal enterprise, remained at large.

No more. He's reportedly now in custody, too. Get details and see photos of the suspects below.

As we've reported, the First Judicial District DA's office has spent more than a year trying to bust the ring.

According to the DA's office, the investigation got underway in November 2012, when one of the victims in the case told a counselor that she'd been sexually assaulted by a man named Daniel.

Daniel Onodera, the alleged ring leader, was subsequently identified as the Daniel in question.

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Lakewood's Timberleaf Apartments, as seen in a 9News image.
The three victims -- two were sixteen, the other three years younger -- apparently didn't know each other, but prosecutors say they had plenty in common. All of them were runaways, and each is said to have been lured into prostitution via drugs; 9News reports that Xanax and cocaine were among the substances offered, but the primary enticement was meth.

From December 2011 to November 2012, the operational base for Onodera and his pals was allegedly the Timberleaf Apartments, at 1388 Garrison in Lakewood. At least two of the girls say they were sexually assaulted by members of Onodera's clique, as well as being forced to have sex with strangers. Payment for these services was allegedly made in either money or drugs.

A chart on view below depicts Turturice as having had sex with one of the girls. But authorities believe he was far more than just a customer.

Onodera has the longest list of charges, including trafficking of a child, pimping of a child, sex assault of a child, solicitation of a child for prostitution, pandering, keeping a place of child prostitution, child prostitution-inducement, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a couple of violent crime counts tossed in for good measure.

And his associates? Marshall Ashton faces counts of keeping a place of child prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor; Zelian Shaw is up on two contributing-to-the-delinquency-of-a-minor beefs, while Pamela Lewis and Kevin Snuggs face one; and Nickolas Silk's contributing-to-the-delinquency-of-a-minor accusation is accompanied by one pertaining to a pattern of child sexual assault.

And Turtirice? A Mugshots.com entry lists an August 2013 arrest for trespassing, which required him to pay a whopping $30 bond -- but he's facing more serious charges this time around. He's suspected of child prostitution, patronizing, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Look below to see mug shots of the six suspects who were previously arrested, plus a larger look at a Turturice booking pic and the aforementioned photo-illustrated chart depicting the ring's dynamics. Also on hand is a 9News report.

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Pamela Lewis.

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Nickolas Silk.
Continue to see more photos of alleged child-sex-traffickers, plus a chart and a video.


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62 comments
Justavoice
Justavoice

WTF happened to you MT?  Omg!!  Drugs!!!!  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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                      Just Legalize It !



Jay Baerga
Jay Baerga

this guy offered me meth on the bus thats crazzy shit

Leeann Shaw Harness
Leeann Shaw Harness

I just heard from a reliable source about a prostitution/drug ring at Ponderosa High School. Some of those involved were 18. Where are their pics and the hateful comments to follow?

Che Harness
Che Harness

I think you give our populace too much credit Steve. The press didn't go searching for this story, the DA leaked it to them because he's running for election and wants to appear "tough on crime".

Tony Gross
Tony Gross

If there is an afterlife, these will burn in hell. Until then it is prison and agonizing withdrawal.

Che Harness
Che Harness

"hang them all","I hope they burn" ???? Even though these people have not been found guilty of a crime, they have just been charged? Innocent until proven guilty went out the window along time ago, especially in the court of public opinion!

Richard Daugherty
Richard Daugherty

she should be used as a commercial for what you look like when you do meth

seanmilano
seanmilano

It amazes me that the DEA focuses on pot shops when meth is everywhere, turning people into zombies and wasting souls. 

Sue Collier
Sue Collier

Damn. She's probably only 30 years old.

Rian Milehigh
Rian Milehigh

Meth and prostitution go hand in hand. People get strung out on meth and likely will start selling their ass for it.

Rameau Moe Vz
Rameau Moe Vz

that nice lady doesn't look like a meth head child prostitute dealer...

Dean Danbury
Dean Danbury

She reminds me of the nasty old hag in Goonies. I wonder what she sounds like?

Brian Rouse
Brian Rouse

Gollum? My precious ain't so damn precious...

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

And this is the drug that the DEA considers less harmful than marijuana.

Pamela Leff Walker
Pamela Leff Walker

Sometimes I wish that people like that could be stoned to death in the town center.

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

Go find a lonely field somewhere and be done with this lot.....

DenverLibTardLover
DenverLibTardLover

@seanmilano Law enforcement is trained to protect 'themselves', not the public. They could care less about children's safety. What is more dangerous? Busting a legally operated pot shop run by a bunch of pacifist hippies that they can abuse OR busting a meth house that might be armed to the teeth? It's a no-brainer for law enforcement.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you ain't the epitome of evolution either.


che1030
che1030

They have not been proven guilty, just charged.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... spoken like a true "christian" 

DenverLibTardLover
DenverLibTardLover

@DonkeyHotay  There is no nationwide campaign to legalize meth, asshole. Quit trying to compare meth to marijuana. Marijuana heals, meth destroys. End of story. Some chick selling her ass effects you or me in NO way whatsoever, so YES prostitution should be legal as it is in Nevada. Cleaner, safer, less dangerous for the girls.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DenverLibTardLover <== typical Teatard ignoramus


Meth IS "LEGAL", Federally scheduled as having medicinal value, prescribed by doctors and dispensed by pharmacies nationwide.


Prostitution is only permitted in 8 counties of Nevada. It is ILLEGAL in Las Vegas and Reno.


Why are you such a prohibitionist scumbag?



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