Robert W. Thomas Jr. arrested for attempting to buy 10-year-old to 'please him,' police say

ALLIANCE, Ohio - An Ohio man accused of trying to buy a 10-year-old girl Saturday has been arrested.

Robert W. Thomas Jr., 36, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio posted on a website that he was looking for anyone willing to arrange a “marriage” between him and their daughter. 

An officer from Alliance, Ohio who works with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force saw the posting and responded to Thomas.

According to a press release, Thomas requested that the child be between the ages of 5 to 8, and that he wished to keep the child permanently and “train her to please him.”

The Task Force officer arranged a meeting with Thomas, where the release states Thomas was going to pay $400 for a 10-year-old girl. Instead of making a purchase, Thomas was arrested.

Alliance Police said that a search warrant was obtained for Thomas’ Cuyahoga Falls home where a computer, electronic storage devices, sexual paraphernalia, videos and firearms were seized. One of the firearms had a grenade launcher, police said.

Thomas is charged with trafficking in persons, attempted kidnapping, attempted rape, and possessing criminal tools. He is being held in Stark County Jail on $2 million bond, and will be arraigned Monday.

Alliance police were assisted in this investigation by the Canton office of FBI, and by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

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