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Federal trumps state charges in child sex shopper case

By STEPHANIE UJHELYI | The (Alliance) Review Published: January 16, 2014 4:00 AM
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The federal government called dibs on a Cuyahoga Falls man whose child sex slave shopping ended outside an Alliance restaurant.

Acting Alliance Law Director Jennifer L. Arnold filed a motion to dismiss charges of trafficking in persons, attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and possessing criminal tools against 36-year-old Robert W. Thomas, so the feds can take their much bigger bite of this apple.

According to Arnold's motion, she received a federal warrant dated Tuesday, charging Thomas with "the selling or buying of children," which carries a minimum 30 years penalty or up to life in prison if convicted. Life wasn't even on the table if convicted of all the state charges at their maximum.


Thomas has been in Stark County Jail since Saturday afternoon, after allegedly showing up for a planned rendevous with an undercover detective from whom he allegedly was purchasing a 10-year-old bride. He has been held in lieu of $2 million cash or surety bond and was supposed to have his preliminary hearing Friday morning before Alliance Municipal Court Judge Andrew L. Zumbar. That hearing has now been canceled.

Arnold said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose Canton office helped with the investigation, was expected to take him into custody Wednesday, holding him without bond until he appears before a federal magistrate.

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watchingthewatchers Jan 16, 2014 1:07 PM

That he faces a stiffer sentence by the Feds is good.  Is that really the reason for the Feds stepping in though, or is it to prevent a local/state investigation discovering pedofile contacts or traffickers in children who may be judges, lawyers, US Senators and Congress members, international bankers/businessmen?  

The state of Ohio and the local Sheriff should conduct THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION and INTERROGATION without the Federal authorities being present.  This is a corrupt, gangster regime that should always be looked at with a skeptical eye.