ALLIANCE, OH (WOIO) - A Cuyahoga Falls man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to purchase a 10-year-old girl.
On January 11, 2014, detectives from the Alliance Police Department arrested a man who was attempting to purchase a 10-year-old female child to keep and use for sexual purposes.
The man had posted on an online site asking for anyone willing to arrange a "marriage" of their daughter to him.
An Alliance Police Department officer, also assigned to the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, responded to the man's posting and began a conversation, according to court documents.
Thomas agreed to a meeting with the online undercover officer to purchase for $400 what he believed to be a 10-year-old child. Thomas and the officer, acting in an undercover capacity, met in a business establishment in Alliance and then went outside to complete the "transaction." As the two approached the undercover officer's vehicle, Thomas was arrested. At the time of arrest, Thomas had $400 cash in his hand, according to court documents.
Robert W. Thomas, 37, was found guilty earlier this year on three counts: offering to buy a child. enticement and receipt and distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
"This sentence is well-deserved given the disturbing nature of the charges," Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney said. "Our office remains committed to working with the FBI and all our law enforcement partners to defend our children and fight human trafficking."