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Detectives: Fayetteville man paid prostituted teen for sex

Posted April 1, 2009

— One day after Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives charged a woman with prostituting a 14-year-old girl to support a drug habit, deputies arrested a cab driver and charged him with paying the teenager for sex.

On Tuesday, authorities announced they had arrested Sandra Panecka, 20. They said she coerced the girl, who was 14 at the time, to run away from home in 2007.

On Wednesday, deputies announced they had arrested Eric Jelmeland, 37, of 5114 Patton St. Authorities say he met with the girl between Dec. 25, 2007, and June 1, 2008.

The girl told investigators that Jelmeland would meet her at an abandoned apartment to have sex, according to officials.

Deputies charged Jelmeland with statutory rape, participating in the prostitution of a minor and paying a minor for prostitution.

He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under an $85,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Panecka remained in the Cumberland County Detention Center under an $110,000 bond Wednesday.

Authorities say Panecka introduced the girl to drugs and encouraged her to prostitute herself so they both could continue to buy cocaine. The girl told authorities that Panecka helped her pick up men and then collected the money the girl earned for sexual favors.

Detectives said the girl also told them she was physically assaulted, exposed to various drugs, sexually assaulted and infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

Authorities charged Panecka with facilitating a minor for prostitution, kidnapping, 10 counts of statutory sex offense, 10 counts of participating in the prostitution of a minor, four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, five counts of crimes against nature and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


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  • paythepiper Apr 1, 2009

    This girl was taken advantage of, period! There is no excuse for prostituting a 14 year old. This woman enticed this girl to leave home for this very purpose, got her hooked on drugs and rented her out. All you folks that say it was her fault, she is at no fault here. She was coerced by someone she trusted. Adults have a social responsibility to guide children properly, not to rent them out for profit. I have a 17 year old daughter and the thought of this makes me cringe. Don't just throw the book at the adults, chunk the bookcase too!

  • lovely31300 Apr 1, 2009

    Everyone is so quick to point fingers to place blame on someone. It was her parents fault, it was her fault for being in that situation, it was the lady fault for introducing her to drugs, it was his fault......and so on. All three of these people and who knows how many other people were involved all have faults in this situation. We all have faults making judgments about this situation which none of you were there. Someone needs to help this young lady and teach her how to handle herself as a lady. So when it comes for her to raise a child, her child will not end up in the same situation she's in now!

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  • Ashkatay Apr 1, 2009

    pinkshorty6422...I did read the story..."Authorities say he met with the girl between Dec. 25, 2007 and June 1, 2008." One can have only so many birthdays in six months.

  • pinkshorty6422 Apr 1, 2009

    I know that man he use to work at ITZ as a bouncer... He has never laid his hands on a woman that I know of and I honestly dont believe this story. If it happened I apologize but he has never acted that way even with all the nasty girls that work at ITZ getting all up on him. He does talk a lil bit of trash but never grabbed up on anyone that I know of. Girls like to blame stuff on men that don't give them what they want so it could be a big lie. Why would he do that with a 15 or 16 year old girl thats drugged up and infested with std's? Doesnt make any sense. I will pray for all of them that the Lord helps them get thru the hard times and get right with their lives. God Bless them. AND HOW ABOUT YOU PEOPLE READ THE STORY.. SHE WAS 14 IN 2007 SO SHE COULD BE 17 NOW DEPENDING ON WHEN SHE LEFT.

  • Ashkatay Apr 1, 2009

    I agree completely with sophiemom. She is just a child and we have no idea what her home life was like. Maybe with God's help, she will get straightened out and become an advocate to help prevent other girls from making the same mistakes. God does work like that you know.

  • dplowman Apr 1, 2009

    Sounds like a few more to add to the hanging tree list

  • Iworkforaliving Apr 1, 2009

    I sure hope they have proof that something occurred before ruining this mans life.

  • Mom of two Apr 1, 2009

    She told me she was 18 does not always work. I knew s good kid that happened to. The girl lied and he got over 3 years. Never been in trouble before. Just met the wrong person. But this is not the same thing. I wonder where the girls parents are.

  • happymom Apr 1, 2009

    There is a lot of judgment in people's posts about this young girl. I really wish folks would keep in mind that she was 14!!! Young teens often make irresponsible decisions. Unfortunately for this child, there were ADULTS waiting to prey on her when she made those choices.

    As for wondering why she waited to report.. it's not that unusual for assault victims to *never* reported sexual assault. Mainly because of fear of being judged. It's too bad that folks here are busy confirming that the fear is legimate.

    What about directing anger at the ones who really deserve it? The two ADULTS in the situation who apparently used this child and took advantage of her.