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Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Man Who Tried To Buy a Girl

     On January 12, 2014, Alliance Ohio police arrested a Cuyahoga Falls man after he tried to purchase a 10-year-old girl for sex from an undercover police officer. Robert W. Thomas Jr., 36, was arrested following a weeklong investigation. Thomas requested a child in the 5-to 8-year range, offering to pay $400 in cash for her. He told the undercover officer that he wished to keep the child permanently at his home to engage in sexual conduct and, police say, to "train her to please him."

     Alliance detectives also executed a search warrant at Thomas' home. They found a computer, electronic storage devices, sexual paraphernalia, videos and several firearms. He has been charged with trafficking in persons, attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and possessing criminal tools. He is being held in the Stark County Jail on $2 million bond.

     [In September 2014, following Robert W. Thomas' guilty plea, the judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison.]

Staff report, WKTC News Cleveland, January 12, 2014

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