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Man, 69, Accused of Child Enticement

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VERMILION TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A Vermilion Township man was arrested and charged with criminal child enticement earlier this week.

On Friday, an Oberlin mother called police to report an alleged incident that happened at Sherrod Park on Lake Road in Vermilion Township.

According to the boy's mother, a man in a van asked her 6-year-old son to get inside his vehicle to help find his dog. The mother told police her son became frightened and ran into the bathroom. When police arrived, 69-year-old Norman Talafer was arrested.

"It doesn't shock me; you hear it all the time," said one neighbor.

Talafer later told police he regularly drives his van through the park with his dog trailing behind "to exercise." According to the police report, Talafer said the little boy was trying to pet his dog and when he yelled at him to leave the dog alone, the mother allegedly became upset and started running toward him.

"We never think about anything like that in Vermilion, but that's something to know about," said Violet Younker.

On Tuesday, Talafer entered a not guilty plea. He is scheduled to be back in court for a pretrial hearing on July 24.

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