‘Stripper pole house’ owner indicted

Charged with promoting prostitution

Tribune Chronicle file photo / R. Michael Semple Daniel Blasco, 63, of Warren, left, was indicted Tuesday on a charge of promoting prostitution connected to a raid at his home in September, where police were investigating claims of human trafficking. With him is his attorney, Carlo Ciccone.

WARREN — The man who owns a southeast-side home that was the center of a human trafficking investigation last year by Warren police was indicted Tuesday by a Trumbull County grand jury on one charge of promoting prostitution.

Daniel Blasco, 63, faces a fourth-degree felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison. His case has been assigned to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

Blasco’s home at 765 Kenilworth Ave. SE has been boarded since his attorney and city officials agreed last fall to the terms of a preliminary injunction filed before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan.

The city’s nuisance abatement ordinance allows for the home to be locked up for a period of one year.

Court records show Logan is expected Feb. 14 to hear motions for and against a permanent injunction to lock the home. Blasco’s attorney, Carlo Ciccone, said he is working with city officials to try to settle the nuisance case.

Warren police raided Blasco’s home Sept. 19, 2017, taking him and a woman into custody. Authorities have been looking into this case since January 2017, according to Warren Law Director Greg Hicks said, since a woman reported she was being held against her will and forced into prostitution. Hicks said it appears the Kenilworth home was a “brothel” with women rotating in and out.

According to a police report, a woman told police a man posted advertisements for her on backpage.com and gave her a phone for “customers” to call her on. The male customers who called her met her at 765 Kenilworth Ave. SE and gave her money that she handed over to the owner of the house, the report states. After having sex with the customers, the man would take her to “drug houses to buy heroin,” the police report states.

Police officers found the place was advertised online as a “stripper pole house,” where women performed dances for clients who paid for sex.

The woman who was arrested the day of the raid, Laura Panagis, 28, was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments. Panagis’ case is being continued until she completes rehab, according to court records. She is expected to appear before Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak on March 8, records show.

Blasco, who is free after posting $100,000 bond, bought the house in 2008, according to Trumbull County Auditor’s Office records. Blasco said he moved into Warren after being transferred from Pittsburgh in his General Motors job. He said he has since retired.