It started out as a simple business.
But then, over the course of several months, it was a nightmare.
LITTLE PET STORE owner Adam C. Wren was found guilty of child sexual abuse in March, and he is facing up to 25 years in prison.
Wern’s attorney said that the young children were in his care when the abuse occurred, but he denied the allegations.
“I never molested anyone,” Wren said in a statement.
“It was not a sexual act.
It was not consensual.
It never was.
It is not a crime.”
The story is the latest in a series of allegations of sexual abuse against Wren.
Wren, who runs Little Pet Shop in Woodside, Brooklyn, was arrested on March 17 and charged with a misdemeanor count of first-degree child molestation.
Wray was found not guilty.
According to a statement of facts, Wren allegedly took at least five children under the age of 16 to his house on the Upper East Side, where he would allegedly force them to perform oral sex.
The charges were dismissed after the victims told police they had no recollection of the events, and the prosecutor decided to drop the case, according to the New York Daily News.
At a press conference on Friday, the attorney representing the children’s mother, Lisa Stegner, told reporters that Wren’s defense team failed to provide them with documents or evidence that corroborated his version of events.
As the investigation progressed, the police interviewed the children and their parents, who said they were not aware of any incidents that would have made them believe Wren did anything inappropriate, according the Daily News report.
Stegner also alleged that Wrexner told her that the children would have had sex with Wren “for free.”
The New York Times reported that the police investigation is still ongoing.
In a statement released by the Little Pet Store on Friday afternoon, the company said Wren is “extremely remorseful” for his actions and “is taking full responsibility for what happened.”
“We take this matter extremely seriously and have taken measures to make sure that any children who were abused at Little Pet will be safe from abuse,” the statement said.
“We continue to cooperate with law enforcement agencies around the country to help them investigate these allegations and ensure that this never happens again.”
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