Sheriff: Butler County man had goal of adopting girl for sex

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

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Butler County man is behind bars after authorities say he tried to buy a child for sex.

Investigators with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security say 39-year-old Craig Maher had the ultimate goal of adopting a young girl to live with him in cabin in Michigan so he could have sex with her at any given time.

Authorities say a friend turned in the 39-year-old, which ultimately lead to his arrest. The same friend told investigators Maher said he wanted to drug a girl between the ages of 4 and 14 and have sex with her.

He was arrested Thursday at his home in Fairfield Township, where authorities say he works as a computer programmer. At the home, they seized computers, a camera, and illegal drugs that the Sheriff says were intended for the young girl.

Maher was interviewed by investigators at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, where they say he admitted to the allegations and told them how he was going to do it. They say he appeared calm and collected.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says at this time they can’t offer any additional details about how Maher went about searching for the child, but says they do have reason to believe that Butler County wasn’t the only place he was looking.

“In these cases, most of these people are online trolling out of this country,” Sheriff Jones said. “Making contact in other countries for these crimes, and these videos and these sex acts.”

Attempting to purchase a child for sex is a felony. If found guilty, Maher faces a minimum of 30 years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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