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UPDATE: Saugus man arrested for allegedly harboring teen drug abuser

Posted: September 5, 2013 4:32 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2013 6:30 p.m.

A Santa Clarita man was arrested this week on suspicion he concealed the whereabouts of a 17-year-old girl struggling with drug abuse, a local sheriff’s deputy said Thursday.

The girl, who was abusing opiates, ran away from a drug rehabilitation program July 31 and disappeared until Aug. 3, when deputies found her inside the Saugus home of 18-year-old Christopher Guthrie, whom the mother identified as the girl’s boyfriend, Deputy Josh Dubin said.

The girl was under the influence of narcotics when she was found, Dubin said, and was taken to the Sylmar Juvenile Hall.

With the assistance of the missing girl’s mother, deputies discovered the teenager had been staying with Guthrie at his home for a number of days.

“Earlier, when the mother had come to the house looking for her missing daughter, Guthrie allegedly lied by denying having contact with the teenager and saying that she wasn’t there,” Dubin said in a news release issued Thursday.

An investigation was turned over to the local sheriff’s Juvenile Intervention Team, which concluded Guthrie knowingly kept the missing 17-year-old away from her mother and allowed her to stay in his home knowing that she was using narcotics.

J-Team detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and an arrest warrant was issued for Guthrie for charges relating to child concealment, maintaining a place for the purpose of using a controlled substance, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

On Wednesday, J-Team deputies arrested Guthrie at his home and charged him additionally with possession of a controlled substance recovered at the time of the arrest.

Guthrie remained in custody on $80,000 bail at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. He is expected to appear in North Valley Superior Court Friday.

“Deputies found and rescued this girl and saved her life,” Dubin said. He praised the persistence of the mother in finding her daughter, saying it is clear that involved parents make a difference in the battle against teen drug abuse.
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