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Federal charges against man who wanted to buy a child

Federal charges against man who wanted to buy a child

(Cleveland) -- Federal charges have now been filed against a Cuyahoga Falls man accused of trying to buy a 10-year-old girl in order to keep her for sexual purposes.

Robert W. Thomas, 36, is charged in a federal arrest warrant with the selling or buying of children.

Thomas was arrested in Alliance on Saturday by local police. Police say Thomas had posted on an online site asking for anyone willing to arrange a “marriage” of their daughter to him. An Alliance Police Department officer, also assigned to working with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, responded to the man’s posting and began a conversation.

Thomas agreed to a meeting with the online undercover officer to purchase for $400 what he believed to be a 10-year-old child. Thomas and the officer acting in an undercover capacity met in a business establishment in Alliance and then went outside to complete the “transaction”. As the two approached the undercover officer’s vehicle Thomas was arrested. At the time of arrest Thomas had $400 cash in his hand. Thomas was taken into custody and was held in the Stark County Jail on a two million dollar bond.

After local police and prosecutors consulted with the FBI and federal prosecuetors, it was decided to file federal charges against Thomas.

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