Butler County man charged with attempting to buy child for sex

Craig Maher (Butler County Jail Mugshot)
Craig Maher (Butler County Jail Mugshot)

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Butler County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security received information that Craig Maher, 39-year-old male, made arrangements to purchase a child for sex

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page the investigation started when he told a friend that he wanted to drug a female child between the ages of 4 and 14 and have sex with her. He also told the friend he wanted pictures of the act for his personal pleasure.

A search warrant was executed at Maher’s residence in Fairfield Township. Investigators seized a variety of evidence related to the case.

Sergeant Jason Owens stated that Mr. 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. 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. 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,” said Sheriff Jones.

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