Authorities: Southwest Ohio man tried to buy child for sex

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HAMILTON, Ohio  — A southwest Ohio man is charged in federal court after authorities say he made arrangements to purchase a child for sex.

The Dayton Daily News reports the Butler County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Craig Maher admitted to agents during a search of his Fairfield Township home Thursday that he planned to drug and sexually assault the child and photograph the acts.

Court documents say the investigation began when an informant told authorities Maher contacted them online saying he was seeking a young girl to have sex with.

Maher allegedly told the informant he’d pay up to $500 for sex acts with a child.

He’s charged in federal court with attempting selling or buying of children in matters involving child pornography.

The sheriff’s office says more charges against Maher are possible.