Feds charge Ohio man with trying to buy girl

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man arrested on state charges of trying to pay $400 for a 10-year-old girl to keep at home for sex now faces a federal prosecution, the FBI and a U.S. attorney said today.

One count of child-buying was filed against Robert W. Thomas, 36, of Cuyahoga Falls, according to Stephen Anthony, head of the FBI in northern Ohio, and U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach.

The federal prosecution puts additional resources on the case. Thomas was ordered held without bond pending an appearance before a federal magistrate in Akron, and state charges were dismissed in Alliance Municipal Court.

No attorney for Thomas was listed in federal court records.

Thomas was arrested Saturday night after allegedly asking someone online to arrange a marriage between him and the person’s daughter.

An undercover officer said Thomas told him he wanted to keep the girl at home for sex.

Dettelbach said moving the case to federal court reflected a priority of his office. “The conduct laid out in these charges is disturbing,” he said in a statement.

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