Legates

A call regarding a combative runaway juvenile and a drug complaint drew Rogers County Sheriff's officers to a Foyil residence Friday.

According to the affidavit filed in the case, RCSO was advised that a runaway was "being combative" and that Laura Legates "had shot the juvenile up with methamphetamine."

On scene, deputy Starkey located the juvenile in the back seat of a vehicle and was advised "she was going to attempt to fight."

Starkey reported, "I walked to the back seat of the car and saw that she was being restrained by a female in the back seat…I explained to her that I was going to place her in hand restraints and she advised that she would cooperate with me."

Starkey escorted the juvenile to his patrol car, noting "puncture marks" on her arms he says are consistent with intravenous drug use on her arms, according to the affidavit.

The juvenile allegedly told Starkey she had used methamphetamine three times that day and that all of the drugs in her bag and in the residence belonged to her.

With the juvenile inside the vehicle, Starkey said he then spoke with Legates, the homeowner.

In the course of the investigation, Starkey was advised that Legates "had arranged for a meeting for the juvenile to have sex with a male subject in exchange for drugs," according to the affidavit.

Records show Legates, age 36, allegedly messaged the male subject on Facebook to arrange the meeting.

Law enforcement spoke to the male in question and reported that he showed the conversation to deputies that showed where Laura Legates had contacted him in order to make the arrangement."

According to the affidavit, Legates was arrested for causing, aiding or encouraging a minor to commit a drug related crime, a felony, unlawful use of a communication device and harboring a runaway. Bond was set at $10,000.

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