BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Fairfield Township man is behind bars accused of making arrangements to purchase a child for sex, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reported.
Investigators said Craig Maher, 39, made arrangements to purchase a child for sex. The investigation began when he allegedly told a friend that he wanted to drug a female child between the ages of 4 and 14 and have sex with her.
According to Jones, He had identified and isolated a 7-year-old.
Police said he also told the friend he wanted pictures of the act for his personal pleasure.
He planned to move to a cabin in Michigan with the child in order to repeatedly perform sex acts in isolation, according to Jones.
A search warrant was executed and Maher's house in Fairfield Township where a variety of evidence related to the case was seized, according to authorities.
The evidence included drugs that were intended to subdue the child.
Sergeant Jason Owens stated that 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," Sergeant 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," stated Sheriff Jones. "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 has been 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.