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Cops: Pennsylvania woman gave teen heroin, pimped him out for drug money

May 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cops: Pennsylvania woman gave teen heroin, pimped him out for drug money

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Hazleton Police say, Joleen Gambardella, 36, pimped teen out and used the money to buy heroin

A woman in Pennsylvania persuaded a teen boy to have sex with her multiple times a day by luring him with prescription pills, then advertised him for prostitution on the Internet and used the profits to purchase heroin.

On Friday, 36-year-old Joleen Gambardella was charged by state authorities in Hazleton, a city of 20,000 roughly 50 miles south of Scranton, with child endangerment and promoting prostitution.

According to the Citizen’s Voice, police filed an arrest warrant for Gambardella two years ago after questioning the teen over an incident involving a stolen firearm. However, they only tracked her down her last week.

The teen, whose identity has not been revealed, said that he started having sex with Gambardella when he was 15. He said that they would sometimes have sex six times a day and that he liked it.

He also told authorities that she gave him pills before she introduced him to heroin.

Later, Gambardella posted naked pictures of him on the internet and advertised him for sexual encounters. But he said that one time when an older man came, he could not bring himself to engage in sex with him.

The victim also told officers that Gambardella became pregnant but had an abortion in Michigan in 2014.

Gambardella has a prior record of arrests, including prostitution, theft, forgery and impersonating a public official.

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