TALLMADGE, Ohio –Police in Tallmadge said four men are accused of soliciting children for sex through different social media outlets.
The men arrested are accused of arranging a meeting for sex with who they thought was a 14-year-old child; it was really an undercover officer used as a decoy.
When the men showed up at the location, they were arrested without incident.
The arrests happened as Tallmadge police, along with the Cuyahoga County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, conducted a three-day sting operation that ended Friday afternoon.
The suspects are: Kevin J. Smith, 23, of Cleveland. Police said Smith, who is employed at a Cleveland-area day care center, is charged with attempted unlawful sex with a minor and importuning.
Dustin L. Bowers, 27, of Tallmadge, was also arrested. He’s charged with two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, attempted unlawful sex with a minor and importuning.
Brian H. Brown, 38, of Cuyahoga Falls, is charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, attempted unlawful sex with a minor and importuning. Police said Brown, a tier III sex offender, allegedly left a meeting with his probation officer to meet with the decoy. Brown was convicted of sexual battery in Cuyahoga County earlier this year.
Daniel D. Miller, 28, of Apple Creek, is charged with attempted unlawful sex with a minor and importuning.
All of the suspects are being held in the Summit County Jail.