Police Reveal Man’s Alleged Disturbing Post to Buy a Child

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ALLIANCE, Ohio - Investigators continue to go through computer files, videos and other items confiscated from the home of a Cuyahoga Falls man already accused of offering $400 for a 10-year-old girl for his own pleasure.

Robert W. Thomas Jr. appeared before Alliance Municipal Judge Andrew Zumbar on Monday facing four charges including trafficking in persons, attempted kidnapping, attempted rape, and possessing criminal tools.

He was arrested on Saturday following a quick investigation that involved Alliance Police, Cuyahoga Falls Police and the FBI.

Alliance Detective Matthew Shatzer showed FOX 8 News the original message posted online that caught investigators attention.

Police say the message was titled: 'Arranged marriage for your daughter.'

Its author identified himself as between 31 and 40 years old, 'looking for a real life encounter' with someone 18-24 years old.

'Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my ad. I am a single male in NE Ohio. I am looking for parents that would like to arrange a marriage of their daughter. I hope to talk to someone soon and lets set this up. I will answer any questions you have of me,' wrote the author.

Shatzer says investigators contacted the author online then insisted on speaking over the phone.

"I believe it was on Thursday I placed two recorded phone calls to Mr. Thomas, spoke with him, gave him the opportunity to back out of the deal. He was very eager, wanted to get it done as quickly as possible," said Shatzer.

The detective says the conversation turned to Thomas offering money for a five-to-eight-year-old girl, eventually offering $400 for a ten-year-old.

"He believes I'm the person who acquired him the 10-year-old. He knew that it wasn't our child but we, through other means, could obtain the child for him," said Shatzer.

Detectives say throughout the investigation it was always Thomas who was making the first moves.

"He's the one that posted the ad on the social media site, we just responded to him, let him bring a lot of the information up, and like I said before, we gave him several opportunities, including the day of the meet when I called him to say I had the girl and set up the location, he was given several opportunities to back out and change his mind and not make the meet," said Shatzer.

A meeting was ultimately arranged at a restaurant in Alliance where Shatzer says he had another recorded conversation with Thomas, who believed the 10-year-old girl was waiting for him in a car.

"That is what he stated he would pay for the child so when he showed up he had money in hand when he was arrested," added Shatzer.

Following Thomas' arrest investigators confiscated numerous guns including several handguns, an assault rifle and a shotgun from Thomas' Cuyahoga Falls residence.

"We seized some computer thumb drives. I believe it was six or seven different types of firearms, shotguns, pistols, rifles. A large amount of adult pornography and believe that we may also have some child pornography on the computer," said Shatzer, adding the investigation could ultimately lead to additional charges.

Investigators say Thomas does not have a criminal history, including any prior sex offenses.

He continues to be held in the Stark County Jail on $2 million bond.

"We are just grateful that it was us that he was speaking with and that we had the opportunity to conduct this investigation and place him under arrest and he was not actually conversing with another adult who was willing to sell him a child," said Shatzer.

5 comments

  • Justice 4all

    Very disturbing. To think this could happen anywhere to anyone. Happy he was caught! He’s a sick twisted individual. Glad he is behind bars. However, He does not deserve 3 hot meals a day that hard working tax payers pay for. They say it cost so much money to feed the zoo animals well if they would feed sick ppl such as this pervert, child molesters & rapists they would save money & problems. Kill two birds with one stone!!

  • steve o

    Police say the message was titled: ‘Arranged marriage for your daughter.’
    Its author identified himself as between 31 and 40 years old, ‘looking for a real life encounter’ with someone 18-24 years old.
    ‘Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my ad. I am a single male in NE Ohio. I am looking for parents that would like to arrange a marriage of their daughter. I hope to talk to someone soon and lets set this up. I will answer any questions you have of me,’ wrote the author.

    Now with that said^^ Obviously the guy is sick and what not ..BUT how did that post Lead detectives and pd to look into this guy…at first glance i see nothing enticing of the post… I am lost… i mean it obviously worked for this scenario ..But what other random things are these cops looking for … btw … back truck over em” lol

    • rm

      I agree he is be a bad guy…I hope they have hard evidence to put him away…But I would also like to know why they targeted him…the post does sound benign…I wonder if he was looking for a child or if they led him to it…it all sounds weird and fishy to me…Did they catch or create a pedophile? he has no prior record and they “think” they found child porn… “think”?? your not sure? really?….If he is guilty he Should be tortured but I would like a little hard evidence before we hang him…If it turns out the cops enticed him then they should have a cell right next to him for creating a monster

    • Debbie Ungerer

      This is the part that alerted them parents have no control at 18 to 24 “I am looking for parents that would like to arrange a marriage of their daughter. I hope to talk to someone soon and lets set this up. I will answer any questions you have of me,’ wrote the author.” Hooray for great cops and not a truck Back a semi W/ tailor over him

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