Lisbon man indicted for attempting to meet 12-year-old boy for sex

YOUNGSTOWN — A Lisbon man who was arrested after he thought he was meeting an underage boy for sex was indicted Thursday on a direct presentment by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Franklin Thorne Jr., 48, of state Route 45 in Lisbon, was indicted on three counts of importuning, three counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, compelling prostitution, attempted rape and possessing criminal tools with a forfeiture specification.

Thorne has been in the county jail since his April 12 arrest.. Investigators said Thorne arranged a meeting in Austintown with a law-enforcement officer he believed was a 12-year-old boy, but he was met by law-enforcement officials.

Thorne’s arrest capped off an investigation by the Mahoning County Human Trafficking Task Force that lasted for several months.

At the time he was arrested, Thorne, who also owns a Columbiana County hotel, had over $71,000 cash on him. Prosecutors are seeking to have that money forfeited to them.

Indicted on similar charges in a separate case Thursday was Alex Bugno, 30, of Clingan Road in Poland. He faces six counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, 13 counts of compelling prostitution, and 13 counts of importuning.

Bugno is accused of engaging in criminal activity from Jan. 14, 2014 to June 21, 2014, and engaging in illegal activity with two minors who were 16 and 17 years old at the time.

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