A Deltona man who reported his gun stolen after an anonymous sex party at his home last July has been arrested on multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Randall C. Allen, 63, a retired corrections officer from Illinois, was arrested Thursday night after an investigation and sting operation that stemmed from an investigation into another burglary at his home, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant.
Deputies responded to Allen’s home on Giovanni Street on the evening of Jan. 14 after he reported his home was burglarized.
Allen told deputies it all started when he had gotten a message from someone he met on Grindr, a dating and meetup app geared toward the LGBT+ community. The person asked to meet at a Walmart store.
“Allen went to Walmart, and while he was there, he got an alert from his home security system that someone was at his front door, and he watched the burglary unfold,” Gant said in a news release. “Through the course of that investigation, it was learned that Allen was having sexual contact with a juvenile.”
As the investigation continued, detectives learned the boy had been to Allen’s home at least a dozen times dating back to when he was 14 years old, that he had been sexually abused by Allen on multiple occasions, and that Allen knew his age, according to Gant.
“The boy said Allen told him if he was ever caught, to lie to the police and say he’d told Allen he was 18,” Gant added.
Deputies charged Allen with six counts of lewd or lascivious battery. On Thursday, detectives conducted an undercover chat sting operation with Allen, during which, Gant said, he requested to meet up with the teenager for sex again.
“Allen traveled to meet the victim at a Burger King, where he was arrested on the six counts, along with additional charges of traveling to meet a minor, attempted lewd or lascivious battery, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device,” Gant said.
The teenage victim was also charged with various crimes he is accused of committing in four separate cases at Allen’s home.
“His charges are conspiracy, armed burglary and grand theft of a firearm in the burglary described above; grand theft of a motor vehicle in a second case; vehicle burglary and attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle in a third case; and grand theft of a firearm in a fourth case from July of last year,” Gant said.
There were initially no suspects in the theft of the firearm last July due to the large number of anonymous party guests at Allen’s home.
Gant said two others were arrested in connection with different aspects of these cases. A juvenile accomplice was charged with conspiracy, armed burglary, and grand theft of a firearm in the burglary of Allen’s house while Allen was at Walmart.
A third suspect, 19 years old, was charged with conspiracy, armed burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm, interference with custody, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for his role in the events.
Allen remained held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $215,000 bail Friday morning.