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Crimes against children investigation nets two Warren suspects

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Robert Sillitoe Jr. Robert Sillitoe Jr.
Timothy Harris Timothy Harris

WARREN, Ohio - Two Warren men face criminal charges after federal, state and local authorities arrested them as part of an investigation into crimes against children.

57-year-old Robert Sillitoe Jr. of 1914 Roberts Lane and 26-year-old Timothy Harris of 1809 Roberts Lane were arrested on Monday by agents from the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Warren Police.

Authorities searched their apartments, confiscating computers, hard drives, and electronics.

Both men pleaded not guilty to felony counts of pandering obscenity involving minors during their arraignments in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for both men next week.

Police say that Sillitoe Jr. works at Humility of Mary Health Partners.  The hospital system confirmed his employment and released the following statement: "As an organization, we strive to hire people who share our values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life and service. We feel compassion for all those affected yet we are unable to discuss human resource matters for legal and privacy reasons."

Warren police believe Sillitoe Jr. may have worked with children. The hospital says Sillitoe Jr. is not in contact with children at his current job.

The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to the Department of Justice web site, the Crimes Against Children Task Force Program helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases.

The assistance encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education.

The program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with potential underage victims.

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