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Janesville dad accused of using daughter to sell drugs

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities say a Janesville father used his 13-year old daughter to carry out a proposed drug deal with another teen, but the teenager's mother foiled the plan.

"I couldn't believe a dad would do that to his 13-year old daughter," Kris Harnack says.

Janesville police officials say 42-year old Quentin Ellefson was arrested Dec. 4, after Ellefson drove his daughter to Harnack's home, with the teen prepared to sell synthetic marijuana to Harnack's teenage son.

Ellefson faces the felony charge of using a child to deliver drugs, a crime with a maximum, potential sentence of twelve years.

Harnack tells 27 News she recognized the signs of drug use in her son Dec. 4, and read his phone's text messages, discovering he had obtained synthetic marijuana from a teen girl.

Harnack says she decided to pose as her son and text the girl back, trying to set up another drug deal in order to trap the teen. Harnack says the girl responded, and was en route to Harnack's home, when Harnack read additional text messages, and realized the girl's father was also involved.

Text messages Harnack showed 27 News included what appears to be father and daughter trying to arrange an exchange of drugs for a grocery list of items, purchased through food stamps.

Ellefson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Rock County next week to determine if he will face trial.

"He doesn't deserve the title of being 'dad,' " Harnack says.

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