CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man arrested on state charges of trying to pay $400 for a 10-year-old girl to keep for sex now faces a federal prosecution.
The FBI and U.S. prosecutors in Cleveland announced one count of child-buying against 36-year-old Robert W. Thomas of Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Falls on Wednesday.
State charges were dismissed Wednesday in Alliance Municipal Court. Thomas was ordered held without bond pending an appearance before a federal magistrate in Akron.
No attorney for Thomas was listed in federal court records. The federal prosecution puts additional resources on the case.
Thomas was arrested Saturday night after allegedly asking someone online to arrange a "marriage" between him and their daughter.
An undercover Alliance officer says Thomas told him he wanted to keep the girl at home for sex.