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Missing teen, adult face charges

Published: Wed, November 25, 2009 @ 1:30 p.m.

NEW WATERFORD — New Waterford Police Chief Dan Haueter said Wednesday he has warrants for the arrest of Sebastian Bragg, 14, of New Waterford, who ran away from home Nov. 18, and for Andrew Toarmina, 22, who has lived in the New Waterford area.

Haueter said that Bragg faces a charge of being unruly, which is a charge applicable to youths. Toarmina faces a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.

The chief said that he does not believe there has been any foul play.

A media report said that there had been a state-wide alert for Bragg. Haueter said he has talked daily with the boy’s father but was unaware of any alert. People with information on the whereabouts of the pair should call New Waterford police at (330) 457-2444.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Now just what intentions would a 22 year old male have with a 14 year old male ?

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2slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I am the uncle of Sebastian Bragg. I am completely disturbed by the reporting that "NO FOUL PLAY IS BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED" We filed charges on this Adult this year for him to stay away from Sebastian. The columbiana co. prosecutors office sent the Adult a LETTER. This letter obviously didn't work!! How can we file charges against this ADULT to stay away, he breaks what the prosecuter wrote and NO FOUL PLAY.This Adult has been to Sebastian's school!! He went on a field trip with him!!! The family was completely unaware this occurred!! Sebastian has been 100% CONFIRMED traveling with the Adult in Pennslyvania. By reporting no foul play this doesn't help get the attention this deserves. The Attorney General of the state of Ohio issued the Alert on Monday and Haueter is unaware? The Attorney General thinks that foul play is involved, but our Chief doesn't think so. The family has been fighting an uphill battle to keep the pressure on these guys. By Haueter giving a 180 degree opposite indication of what the Attorney general believes is malfeasance at best. Please be on the lookout for these guys on the I 79 corridor in PA. Thank you and god bless each and everyone of you. A 22 year old ADULT with a 14 year old child IS FOUL PLAY!!!!!!!!

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3knucles518(39 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This event brings a few questios to mind. What was happening in his family life that has made him run away? I am not saying running away is the proper thing to do, but maybe that is the only resort he felt he had. I just hope that where-ever they may be, they are safe. There are many dynamics that could play into this situation. Before we draw any conclusions lets hear from the boy first.

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4slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

First and foremost. On behalf of the entire Bragg family and the community of Newwaterford. We would like to THANK and apologize to Chief Haueter and his entire police department. Chief Haueter and his department have worked tirelessly, even all day yesterday, on Thanksgiving ,trying to bring Sebastian home. Through the stress of this travesty we have at times been disrespectful to the department and the Chief himself. The Chief and his department has spent the entire 10 days focusing on this crime. They have a rash of thefts in the village that are waiting for the evidence to even be put away in the evidence locker. We as a family have misdirected our anger at the system, to the department. Chief Haueter has been fighting an uphill battle with the Columbiana co. prosecutor office in trying to bring this adult and his family to justice for this crime. The family of the adult has been completely un cooperative and downright lying to the Chief. The chief has massive amounts of downright complicity and facts to prove the family has lied during questioning, yet he was unable to get a warrant for the arrest in obstruction of justice. We the family hired a Private investigation company, Sydney Michael Investigations to help in bringing our child home. the Investigator informed me that Chief Haueter and his entire department have been the most helpful police department he has worked with in 20 years of doing investigations. For that, we the family are grateful for Chief Haueter and his department. The village of Newwaterford should be proud we have such a dedicated police department for our little community....An update as of today...the ADULT and Sebastian are believed to be traveling to North Carolina. Their last communication that was able to be tracked was from Southern Virginia. Chief Haueter was finally able to convince the D/A from Columbiana to issue a felony arrest warrant for the adult. Now we may be able to receive federal help to bring this Adult and his family to justice. They are traveling with TRAC phones, and American Express cards which cannot be traced. The Adult purchased 10 trac phones and thousands of dollars worth of minutes. The mother of the Adult was Fed Ex'd one of these phones the Adult purchased. She now has a lawyer, (which is refusing to allow her to be questioned) and is heading to North carolina as well. We need the communities help in making sure this Adult is brought to justice.

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5slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I would like to reply to knucles post as well. You have a very valid point..... I can assure you whatever was going on in Sebastian's life did NOT cause him to flee to North Carolina. This is a very elaborate scheme to remove Sebastian from the state. Lets call it what it is..A kidnapping. This Adult has been confirmed in Sebastian's school last year, while he was in 8th grade. This 21 year old at the time even went on a field trip with him the last day of school!!! This is all without the parents knowledge!!! This adult has stalked a vulnerable 14 year old and completely manipulated and GROOMED him into believing he knows best. Sebastian's father is a retail manager and works a ton of hours, this was how this all occurred under the families noses. The plan that was hatched to kidnap Sebastian, is way too elaborate for a 14 year old to even comprehend. This adult is only turning on the trac phone to make the call, then off again. (hard to trace) bought prepaid AMEX cards. The ONLY card that can't be traced. The Adult has family in North Carolina. They stayed at cash motels and last night in Virginia at a cash campground. A 14 year old doesn't come up with schemes of this nature. Anyone that can hatch such an elaborate scheme as this is downright scary. What are his plans for my nephew in North Carolina? You folks that have legitimate questions, I will be happy to provide my phone number to bring you up to speed. We need the communities help with bringing this Adult and his complicit family to justice. Please do not allow my nephew to fall between the political cracks. Thank you all for paying attention. We need all the help we can get. God bless each and everyone of you.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

"A 22 year old ADULT with a 14 year old child IS FOUL PLAY!!!!!!!!"

The system should put the 22 year old in the slammer for an extended time . We shouldn't condone the actions of Andrew Toarmina .

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7knucles518(39 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

As the family is not answering questions. Neither is yours. I have asked what were the dynamics behind this. Yes a 14 year old boy has the ability to think up a way to excape. If a person feels threatened,they are goign to do what-ever they have to do in order to seperate themselves from that situation. I am not saying this is a bad family by any means. But, take a closer look at your own family to try and see what went wrong. That may be the clue as to why this child felt he needed to run away with this other person.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I see nefarious intent on the part of the 22 year old . What other reason would he have in running off across state lines with the 14 year old ?

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9candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Do you think the 22 year old has anything to do with the rash of thefts? What is the age for using the Amber Alert?

good luck

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10slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


I will answer your question completely. My brother the Dad to Sebastian has been an absentee father. Not easy to put him on trial during all of this, but Sebastian was looking for his fathers attention. I can guarantee you he had no IDEA IN THE WORLD what he signed up for. There was absolutely no physical abuse or anything of this nature, but my brother could have done a ton more to ensure this didn't happen. If you don't think that we have put OURSELVES on trial here you have another thing coming. We all made mistakes ensuring Sebastian stayed away from this Monster. This Adult was completely able to manipulate school leaders in believing he was someone else other than who he was. What the hell do you think he could do to a vulnerable 14 year old. Who was craving the attention of a father figure? I'm happy to keep this discussion going please help us bring our child home. And I encourage dissent this is how we come up with sloutions

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11slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

can't say as far as the thefts, but because Sebastian is considered a Runaway as of today. (This may have changed with the Felony Warrant.) An Amber Alert wasn't issued. And I'd like to know the public's thoughts are on what a 22 year old is doing with a 14 year old. I think anyone with even a half a brain should be able to figure out what this Adult is up to

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12Christineshe(2 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Aaron, although I did not know you very well in school, I was a year ahead of you. My heart goes out to you and your family- I have 3 boys of my own and cannot imagine what you are going through. I have contact with a lot of your classmates on Facebook and posted a link the other day for the WFMJ page for the ones who live out of state. You have a lot of people praying for your nephews return. With your permission, I would like to link this page also because you have a lot more up to date information here than what the news stories are writing-and it could be passed around on Facebook. I would also suggest that you also join Facebook even if to only get this story out. What do you think?
~Christine Cannell Shepard

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13slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Christine how could you think I don't remember you? I appreciate your concern and thank you for your support during this. facebook scares me, simply for the fact that I don't need more distractions in life. You absolutely have my permission to post whatever you can find and link to. i appreciate everyone's support and am counting on the many prayers to bring Sebastian home. I am going to try and post as much as I can here and everywhere else I can find the story on the Web. Facebook may come later. But please keep the public and friends from School interested in this it cannot be allowed to go down the rathole.

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14Christineshe(2 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Wanted to wait for your permission- now that I have it, I will post it, and ask everyone to pass it on. Like I said, you have provided more info here than I have seen or heard elsewhere. We will definitely keep you all in our thoughts!

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15slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This has been the problem from the beginning. We have been trying to get this story the attention it deserves. We filed the police report in June for This Adult Andrew to stay away. A stupid letter was sent to him. It stated plainly in this letter that more charges would follow if he broke the order. The Chief was able to find out within the first day that Andrew had in fact been the one to abduct him. Sebastian is only 14 years old. He doesn't have free will. In the state of Ohio consent is 16. Sebastian CANNOT runaway under free will. So if Sebastian is traveling with Andrew across state lines, now they are to be believed in North Carolina it IS AN ABDUCTION! His family(Andrew) has hindered the investigation from the beginning. How could Crestview allow this Adult to join Sebastian in School? And it was proven he was there, why did the prosecutor only send a letter? Doesn't anyone else see the pattern here. This guy is an evil manipulator. He was able to convince smarter people than you or I.He was able to convince Leaders and teachers at his school district he was someone else. Why after the facts being proven to the prosecutor that he was attending Sebastian's school this wasn't an issue. It just deserved a letter? We found out he was at Sebastian's school again this year. IN THE SCHOOL. Obviously there is a serious lack of security there. This adult signed Sebastian in late and signed him out early. He signed Sebastian out of school for 7 days in A ROW last year. Through text messaging that the police have on file, Andrew admitted going through his fathers(Brian's) mailbox to remove Sebastian's report card. This to hide the fact he had reported him off from school 15 days that the family was un aware of. And all it deserved was a letter? Please keep the spotlight on where it belongs!! thank you all

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16greyhorse(36 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The lack of an amber alert is very scary. I guess only pretty white FEMALES get amber alerts????
The school involvement is very scary- especially considering that Crestview Schools have security cameras. It could have been easily proven that man was signing the child out of school.

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17slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

You couldn't be more correct in your post. My brother has been saying this since day 1 of this crime. Why no Amber alert? This case may be a good reason to look back over the protocol for these alerts. I for one am not going to let this rest until my nephew is returned home. Even after that I will stay involved in these cases. The system absolutely doesn't work. As far as the security camera's go. Believe you me Crestview is in cover your ass mode!! I wasn't going to call them out until I came to the end of our rope. Well we are at the end of our rope, the child is in North Carolina and I'm scared to death because of the absolute incompetence of our illustrious juvenile Prosecutor. Sebastian may never be found!! I can't sleep thinking of this..,.. Why in the hell wasn't our chief provided with the support he needed to bring these people to justice? These are the many questions we need from the community to keep these people accountable to US!! If we keep letting our elected or placed officials get away with whatever they want.THEY DO AS THEY PLEASE. We don't have the money nor the pull that the elites have. Believe the Bragg family it can happen to you as well. Don't let them get away with this travesty. Pass this story along to as many people as you can. A bunch of little drops can fill a bucket. We the people DO HAVE A VOICE!! Don't let them whitewash this!!! Thank you all for your attention.

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18slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm waiting on your reply????????? Your the type of people I need the support of. I believe in questioning the obvious. Please reply so I can keep the community interested. You ARE asking good questions.

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19greyhorse(36 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Slima21 have you contacted your congressman, etc etc?
I would keep raising cane- keep contacting talk shows, anyone and everyone until someone listens and helps.

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20slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I would like to apologize to Columbiana Co. Prosecutors office as well. I am obviously going through the grieving stages during this. I am in the anger portion of the grieving. I have personalized this way too much. It's not the prosecutors office that's the problem it's the system.I am SURE they are doing what they can do. We the family are angry with the system, not anyone personally. I have to work better at trying to remove emotions from all of this. My nephew has been missing for 11 days now, and it's getting harder to take every day. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We need all the help we can get to get Sebastian home

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21little_one(3 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

What's going on with not being able to get any information out of the adults family? Why is it an uphill battle to get warrants against the adults family if they are obstructing the investigation?

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22slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I wish I knew why the family is obstructing. This is why this is so scary. They aren't afraid of the police at all. As far as the warrants go, I'm sure there is bureaucratic procedures that MUST be followed. I'm not sure what's going on in the process that is slowing this thing down. If we can keep positive pressure on them as a community, maybe we can bring this to an END.

Thank you for your concern little one

God bless you

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23little_one(3 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Does the adults family have something to hide? Why would someone not help the police find this missing child. I praying for his safe return.

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24slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

YES THEY DEFINITELY HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE. The Adults family is in North Carolina right now. They left Friday. We believe Sebastian is there now. We the family and the local Police would like to know the answers to this as well.

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25little_one(3 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Why do you feel the adults family would go to north carolina?

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26slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

To help with this kidnapping. Andrew is diabetic and needs his medicine. Mommy went to help her boy.She is in complete denial. They have obstructed from the beginning. Even with video tape surveillance of them together at the Hermitage Wal mart. They still say Andrew has nothing to do with it. And this 14 year old child is on his own. They have family member's there. The adult and Sebastian may be there with them. There are more questions than answers surrounding this family.

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27slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years ago

No new news on Sebastian today. It is day 12, he's still missing and the Adult family is still holding the key to his return. Please keep your attention on this until We get Sebastian home and this Adult prosecuted. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers

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28Hustons(1 comment)posted 5 years ago

Hi Braggs, I just wanted to let you know that you all have our prayers. I just read through the litany of comments and have become very concerned, I wasn't aware that there was not an Amber Alert posted. I had no idea that this was being taken so lightly, either. If there is any thing we can do to help please don't hesitate to ask the Huston's have a large extended family. I will start spreading the word that this needs attention any way I can, for now and start thinking of something more we can do to help.
You have support from family and friends!

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29slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years ago

Thank you soo much for your thoughts and prayers. We need all the support we can get right now. Amber alerts are more complicated in getting activated than we thought. Long story there.. But as far as being taken lightly, this has happened to an extreme. The Adult and Sebastian were last heard from Thanksgiving. We were unable to keep tracking them? We have NOTHING on the whereabouts from Thursday. The last we knew they were in Virginia. From there it's cold... Unsure why we were unable to track. The system in place for missing kids is BROKEN. But we are hoping for more help today.. Let's pray these folks will help BRING SEBASTIAN HOME!!! Thank you for your concern

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30Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago


Missing New Waterford Teen Found

A New Waterford teen who has been missing for two weeks was found in South Carolina.

Sebastian Bragg, 14, disappeared Nov. 18, and his parents feared he'd run away with an older man, Andrew Taormina, 22.

Bragg was found Tuesday in a Myrtle beach hotel with Taormina. Police plan to charge Taormina with interference of custody when he's extradited to Ohio.

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31slima21(22 comments)posted 5 years ago

ANDREW IS WALKING FREE AFTER POSTING A 100$ BOND. can anyone here explain to me how, you can kidnap a child and only pay 100$. THIS IS A TRAVESTY FOLKS!! YOUR KID COULD BE NEXT!! It might not turn out the same way ours did. DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO COVER THIS UP AND LET THE MONSTER GET AWAY!!! WE NEED TO BRING THIS ADULT CREEP TO JUSTICE!!!!

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32greyhorse(36 comments)posted 5 years ago

Somehow that doesnt surprise me. Look at all the child molesters, drug dealers, and rapists some of these panty waist judges turn back out onto the streets. If I were your family I would be raising the biggest public stink ever.

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