Ohio man arrested, accused of trying to buy child for sex

FAIRFIELD TWP., Ohio (WCMH)–A Butler County man has been arrested and charged with trying to purchase a child for sex, Sheriff Richard K. Jones announced Friday.

Jones said his office received information Craig Maher, 39, made arrangements to purchase a female child.

The investigation, conducted in part with Homeland Security, started when Maher allegedly told a friend that he wanted to drug a female child between the ages of 4 and 14 and have sex with her. He also told the friend he wanted pictures of the act for his personal pleasure.

A search warrant was executed at Maher’s residence in Fairfield Township, Jones said. Investigators seized a variety of evidence related to the case.

Sergeant Jason Owens stated that Mr. Maher was willing to pay specific prices for different sexual acts.

“He was willing to pay, to rape a little girl and now he can pay the price of going to jail for his intentions,” Owens said. “His ultimate goal was to adopt a child so he could have sex with her whenever he wanted. This investigation does not stop here, and we have a lot of work to do.”

More charges against Mr. Maher are possible.

“The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is going to work closely with Homeland Security to work toward this guy receiving the maximum sentence possible,” Jones said. “People like Mr. Maher disgust me, and they do not belong in society.  My detectives and Homeland Security worked quickly to take him off the street, and now he is behind bars where he belongs.”

Maher is charged with attempting to purchase a child for sex, which is a federal offense. If convicted, the minimum sentence for this charge is 30 years.

Butler County is north of Cincinnati.

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