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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Warrants issued to search three locations in Youngstown have revealed allegations that more than one juvenile may have been paid for sex by the employee of a towing company. 

21 News obtained copies of the warrants used by Youngstown police and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to search the main office of Bugno's Towing at 1101 East Indianola Avenue, and a storage facility owned by Bugno's at 535 North Garland Avenue.

They also searched a home at 235 Clingan Road in Struthers. According to the Mahoning County Auditor's office, the home is owned by Christopher and Elizabeth Bugno.

According to an affidavit signed by BCI Special Agent Ed Carlini, two juvenile males claim that an employee of the  towing  company paid them between $200 and $500 each on several occasions to let him perform a sex act on the two boys.  The boys claim other juveniles also took part, and the alleged acts took place at all three locations.

The boys tell investigators that many times, the man would have them take a white pill before asking them to undress.  They also say that the man would record videos of the sex acts, and either live stream or post them on the internet.

Police say phones belonging to the boys contained text messages indicating that the man owed them money. The phones also contained pictures large quantities of U.S. currency in the same denominations described as being paid to the boys.

According to the search warrants, on June 20, the suspect performed a sex act on both boys, but couldn't pay them right away. The boys tell police that later that night, they went to Bugno's with BB guns, and shot out the windows of a car belonging to the suspect. One of the text messages from the suspect found on the boys phone made reference to the car vandalism.

Police confiscated dozens of items from the three locations, including cameras, computers, cell phones, digital storage devices and pill bottles. They also took a couch cushion from the main office of the towing company. One of the juveniles told police that he may have left semen on the couch during one of the alleged encounters.

The investigation began in June when a Youngstown man claimed that an employee of the towing company had been paying his sixteen year son to perform sex acts on the boy.

Authorities say that the investigation centers on allegations of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning, compelling prostitution, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, corrupting another person with drugs, and permitting drug abuse.

A spokesman for the towing company said on Thursday that the teen making the allegations bears a grudge against the employee in question.

Although the search warrants display the name of the suspect, wfmj.com is not publishing the name since no charges have been filed in the case.

A statement from the Ohio Attorney General characterizes the probe as a joint investigation involving it's Crimes Against Children Unit, the Cyber Crimes Unit and the Youngstown Police Department.

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