You may remember the TV series “To Catch a Predator” in which the producers, sometimes working alongside police, impersonate minors in order to lure possible sex offenders. While the show obtained national popularity and led to several spin-offs, some viewers wondered if such tactics are a form of entrapment.
It is about a two and a half hour drive northeast of Cincinnati to get to Newark, Ohio. The city of about 50,000 residents is where a Wisconsin man was recently arrested on a sex crime charge.
If you head out of Cincinnati on Interstate 71 North, you can arrive in the Cleveland suburb of Garfield Heights in about four hours. The city of just under 30,000 is home to a 49-year-old man recently accused of a series of sex crimes, according to news reports.
While it is not a household name, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is part of the federal government's Department of Justice. The OJJDP says it was recently part of a nationwide operation that included 69,000 child sex investigations.
Let's face it, teens look forward to prom night like paparazzi look forward to award season. Yes, there is the glitz and glamour associated with getting dressed up and spending a night on the town. But for some teens, prom night means that they will have some type of sexual experience.
Just a few minutes south of Cincinnati, the arrest of a former district judge has many in the legal community puzzled. Law enforcement officials recently announced the arrest of former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan, accusing the 70-year-old of human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor.
Far north of Cincinnati, local law enforcement officials teamed up with the FBI to arrest two Ohio men, including a pastor, on charges of sex trafficking of children. According to news media reports, the men allegedly had multiple sexual encounters with a girl who was 14 years old when the encounters began. One of the suspects is the founder and pastor of Toledo's Abundant Life Ministries.
If you drive about four hours northeast of Cincinnati, you will come to the town of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. The Cleveland suburb was recently the focus of intense media attention after a Boy Scout troop leader and auxiliary police officer was accused of sexual assault of a teenager.