Sex offender accused of soliciting teen near ATM in Boardman

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James Allen, charged with soliciting in Boardman.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A registered sex offender is facing criminal charges after accusations that he solicited sexual favors from a teen at Home Savings and Loan in Boardman.

James Allen, 38, of Youngstown, was arrested on a warrant for a parole violation and solicitation charges on Thursday.

Police said he was identified as the suspect who solicited an 18-year-old man near an ATM on April 12.

Just before 10:30 a.m. that day, police received a report of a man panhandling at the Home Savings and Loan on Hillman Way and the Chemical Bank on Market Street. Police believed that the panhandler was Allen, who had received prior warnings from both banks, according to a police report. 

During their investigation, police spoke with a teenager who said he was approached by Allen, who called him “cutie” and asked his age. He said when he told the man that he was 18, Allen said “good” and asked if he would be interested in paying him for sexual favors. 

The teen said after he declined, Allen asked if any boys his age would be interested. 

The teen called police because he was concerned that Allen may approach a juvenile as he said he looks young for his age, according to a police report. 

Police questioned Allen who admitted to talking to the teenager and later stated,” What does it matter if I asked him for sex? He’s 18,” the police report stated. 

Police noted that Allen is on parole for an importuning conviction against a 14-year-old victim. 

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