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Lisbon man accused of offering money for sex with 12-year-old boy

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Authorities in Mahoning County have arrested a Lisbon area man in connection with an operation targeting adults looking to have sex with children.

The Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force and Sheriff's Deputies have arrested 48-year-old Franklin Thorne who lives at a motel on State Route 45 in Center Township.

Mahoning County Sheriff's Department Major Jeff Allen tells 21 News that Thorne offered $50 to have sex with someone he thought was a 12-year-old boy. Allen says the “boy” was actually an undercover officer.

Thorne was arraigned in Mahoning County Court in Austintown Wednesday on a charge of attempted rape, but Allen says he expects a “slew” of other charges to be filed against the suspect.

Allen says the arrest is a continuation of the original online undercover sting that brought indictments against ten other men who face various sex charges.

Thorne's next court hearing is set for May 9.

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