Cops search Bugno Towing, Bugno home

By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police, with help from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI, served search warrants at the East Indianola Avenue and North Garland Avenue offices of Bugno Towing.

Investigators also served warrants Thursday at the Struthers home of the parents of owner Alex Bugno on Clingan Road.

Police Chief Robin Lees would not say much about why the warrants were served. He said the department’s Family Services Unit is handling the investigation. The warrants were served about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Police would issue only a redacted police report of a complaint taken June 24 in which a man said his 16-year-old son had told him that an adult affiliated with the towing company was paying his son. This was so the man could perform oral sex on the boy between April 1 and June 21, the report said.

A person was taken into custody and released after he was questioned. No charges have been filed.

The crimes that officers are investigating, according to the search warrant, are unlawful sexual contact with a minor, compelling prostitution, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, corrupting another with drugs and permitting drug abuse.

Lees would not say what, if anything, was found when the warrants were served, and a returned search warrant listing what, if anything, was confiscated was unavailable.

He said the investigation may take some time because of the evidence investigators will have to go through from things they recovered.

A statement from BCI said its Crimes Against Children and Cyber Crimes units are assisting city police, and that electronic-media evidence was seized.

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