PD: Ohio man offers to pay $400 to marry 10-year-old girl, gets busted in online police sting

ALLIANCE, OH - A man accused of trying to buy a 10-year-old girl Saturday in Ohio has been arrested.

Robert W. Thomas Jr., 36, of Cuyahoga Falls posted on a website that he was looking for anyone willing to arrange a "marriage" between him and their daughter.  

An officer who works with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force saw the posting and responded to Thomas.

According to a press release, Thomas requested that the child be between the ages of five to eight, and that he wished to keep the child permanently and "train her to please him."

The Task Force officer arranged a meeting with Thomas, where the release states Thomas was going to pay $400 for a 10-year-old girl. Instead of making a purchase, Robert Thomas was arrested.

Police said that a search warrant was obtained for Thomas' Cuyahoga Falls home where a computer, electronic storage devices, sexual paraphernalia, videos and firearms, including a grenade launcher, were seized.

Thomas is charged with trafficking in persons, attempted kidnapping, attempted rape, and possessing criminal tools. He is being held in Stark County Jail on $2 million bond, and will be arraigned Monday.


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