Ohio man arrested for attempting to buy child for sex
OHIO — An Ohio man was arrested after police say he tried to buy a child for sex.
According to WOIO, Robert W. Thomas, 36, of Cuyahoga Falls, was charged with trafficking in persons, attempt to commit kidnapping, attempt to commit rape, and possessing criminal tools.
Police say Thomas made an online post asking for anyone willing to arrange a “marriage” of their daughter to him.
An Alliance officer who works with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force responded to the posts, and he and Thomas began a conversation.
During the investigation, Thomas requested a child who was 5-8 years old, and eventually offered to pay $400 cash for a 10-year-old girl.
Thomas said he wished to keep the child permanently at his home and engage in sexual conduct with her, and to “train her to please him.”
The undercover officer arranged a meeting with Thomas and after a brief conversation, Thomas went to get the child from a vehicle and was met instead by a team of officers and taken into custody.
Detectives searched Thomas’ home and found sexual paraphernalia, and several firearms including a rifle with a grenade launcher mounted on it.
He is scheduled to be in court Monday.