Madison County

Berea police charge man, woman with sex crimes after finding teen runaway

A Berea couple face charges after officers found them in a motel room with a 15-year-old runaway, police said.

On Thursday, Berea police found the girl after someone reported that a runaway girl was at Knight's Inn.

The adults had been involved in sexual activities with the girl, and they provided her with methamphetamine, Berea police Sgt. Jake Reed said in a news release. Officers found spoons with burned residue in the room.

Police arrested Jordan Palmer, 26, and Andrea Baker, 23, on charges of first-degree and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. Palmer also was charged with third-degree rape, and Baker was charged with first-degree sexual abuse.

Reed said the investigation is open and that more charges are pending.

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