A Glassport man is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail after police accused him of transporting a 16-year-old girl from her foster home in Kentucky and hiding her in his apartment.
Rory E. Shelton Sr., 56, is charged by Allegheny County police with interfering with the custody of children and obstruction of justice. Court officials said Shelton faces a preliminary hearing May 21 before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin.
Paducah, Ky., police said Shelton also faces charges in that state, including custodial interference, a felony. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible, Paducah police said.
County police said that the 16-year-old girl was reported missing from Paducah, Ky., early on the morning May 2 and that after examining her social media activity, police suspected she was in Glassport with Shelton.
WPSD-TV in Paducah reported that the teen-ager had left with only a blanket and her dog.
Glassport police investigated and determined that the teen-ager was in Shelton's apartment, and asked for assistance from county detectives. Police obtained a search warrant and found the missing teen-ager about 9 a.m. Tuesday.
County detectives said in a prepared statement that Shelton first contacted the girl through the Instagram application and that the two started a relationship. Police allege that Shelton drove to Kentucky, helped the girl to remove a court-mandated ankle monitor, and drove her back to Glassport.
According to the West Kentucky Star, police checked security footage at Shelton's apartment building and found video of the girl entering the building with him.
The West Kentucky Star reported that the girl told police that "she was going to marry Shelton" and that he had promised to "protect her."
The teen-ager was treated at a local hospital and released, and has been returned to Kentucky, police said.
Originally published May 09, 2019.