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Harness trainer sentenced for sex acts with teens

Harness trainer sentenced for sex acts with teens

Harness racing trainer Brian Allen was ordered to serve up to three years in prison on two counts of

Harness racing trainer Brian Allen’s brief sexual tryst with a 14-year-old girl last year came to an abrupt end when the garage door of his Hemlock Drive residence opened.

But the episode rattled the teenager, whose family knew the accomplished racer and trainer at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. And after she told her mother what happened, a 15-year-old friend reluctantly admitted she also had sexual contact with Allen.

Allen, 49, was convicted of having oral sex with the 14-year-old girl following a bench trial in July and then promptly admitted to having sexual contact with the 15-year-old, as well. On Thursday, Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry Scarano ordered Allen to serve up to three years in prison on two counts of criminal sex act and one count of endangering the welfare of a minor. He ordered Allen to serve seven years’ post-release supervision, as well.

The 14-year-old girl was supposed to watch Allen’s daughter and had chosen to stay overnight at his home Feb. 24, 2012. She testified Allen performed oral sex on her at his home while his wife was at work.

The girl later sent a text message to a friend about the incident and word got back to her mother by the next morning. The girl’s parents testified they tried to confront Allen about the accusation, but he apparently left the area before they could find him.

The parents also became aware of the other girl, a friend of their daughter’s. Both girls were interviewed by investigators, who then arrested Allen in March 2012.

Allen was released on $20,000 bail but was forced out of harness racing shortly thereafter. In June 2012, the state Racing and Wagering Board suspended his license indefinitely, saying he lacked “the general character and fitness for continued participation in pari-mutuel racing.”

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