Butler County man solicited detective posing as child for sex: court docs

John Ashcraft
John Ashcraft(Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 6, 2023 at 8:28 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A Butler County man is under arrest after soliciting a detective posing as a child for sex, according to court records.

John Ashcraft, 34, of Fairfield, is held on an importuning charge at the Hamilton County jail.

Ashcraft was snared in a criminal investigation targeting online child sexual predators, court records show.

He’s accused of soliciting a child 12 or younger for sex on Saturday, July 1.

The “child” turned out to be a detective with the Regional Electronics and Computer Investigations Unit (RECI).

His bond was set at 10% of $50,000.

That’s a multi-jurisdictional task force set up to find and prosecute electronic or computer-related crimes.

Right now, RECI is made up of investigators from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Cincinnati Police Department, online records show.

The unit works closely with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Greater Cincinnati and is a core part of the Greater Cincinnati ICAC Task Force.

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