Wakeman PD online sex sting nabs 6th suspect

The Wakeman Police Department made its second arrest in less than a week Tuesday as part of an ongoing online sex sting investigation. Thomas E. Marquis, 26, of Bellefontaine, was arrested on a warrant without incident at his home about 4:15 p.m. He was charged with multiple felony counts of importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

The Wakeman Police Department made its second arrest in less than a week Tuesday as part of an ongoing online sex sting investigation.

Thomas E. Marquis, 26, of Bellefontaine, was arrested on a warrant without incident at his home about 4:15 p.m. He was charged with multiple felony counts of importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

"Marquis had been communicating with (someone) he thought to be a 14-year-old girl, but was actually Investigator Josh Rice of the Wakeman Police Department. The conversations became sexual almost immediately," Chief Tim Hunker said.

"There was a Web cam set up as well as photos and movies of pornography sent to Investigator Rice from Marquis. These chats started over seven months ago," Hunker added.

Marquis currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail awaiting a pending bond hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court.

Two Wakeman officers as well as authorities from the Bellefontaine Police Department and Logan County Sheriff's Office seized about 40 pieces of evidence and transferred them back to Wakeman.

On Friday, McArthur resident Scott D. Sims, 25, was arrested under similar circumstances in connection with Rice's joint investigation with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children's Taskforce (OICAC). Rice has said he talked with Sims in an online chatroom "a couple times a week" starting in January and Sims began having sexual conversations with him "within a minute or two."

The Vinton County man further is accused of revealing himself to Rice through a Web cam.

Also on Friday, Kyle R. Halsey, 26, of New Lexington, was sentenced to 80 days in jail and was fined $1,000 for driving to Wakeman in the fall for the purposes of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. He had a sexually-oriented conversation with Rice in a chat room.

A judge also prohibited Halsey from using a personal computer or cell phone and from having any association with juveniles outside of family members during his five years of probation.

Hunker estimated that Rice, a part-time officer, spends 10 to 20 hours each week online at the Wakeman police station or at OICAC's Parma office as part of the investigation. The probe started officially in January.

Comments

just a thought ...

hello,
i also agree with the ret.wpd.
if the sgt is sleeping on duty he needs help! hwlp him find a new job! i dont drive around much anymore but when i talk to the village people they saythis is more than knodding off at night.
a newspaper worker whos name i wont use say she drove up and he didnt even know she was there.
thats scary!!! not for wakeman but for him and his family!!! thats what need corrected! yes i think this officer needs a another job! i have seen this dept go downhill since newbill left! hunker was a great sgt but not so grat chief! the sgt now has had many complains taken to the cheif,one of which about my own daughter.
i hope they chief will look and whats best for his dept. and his sgt family! the outside looks more like the insider! (if you look at his time posting the comment!)
i hope the best for wakeman.
i hope that something is done before this poor guys health is at risk!
or his wife has to slep alone ,let him go home to his family chief huNKER!!!!!!!!
i dont think his statment about newbill has any problems in his past!! just a cover to make him look good!
newbill served us well!!
thanks to all who read@!

huron county ar...

just a question for the p.d. if the sgt is sleeping on duty and hcso officers seen the tape of this why is sgt. milchen still working???(yes they have him on tape!)
this isnt "cat nap" this is sleeping on duty!!! sorry "outsider" you take an oath and promise to protect! if you dont like your shift then change it! tax dollars pay to count milchens sheep!
i think hunker is doing a great job catching drug dealers in the trailer parks!! keep up the good work!!
we all think its funny that the "outsider" is worried about his health but doesnt care if his life is in jeopardy when he sleeps in a parked marked police car!!!
thats wearing a bulls eye!!!
sorry all ,but some of us in huron county dont have much use for this officer!!
god bless!!
p.s you could always have shawn craige or wolfkill come fill milchens shift!!! hahaha

TIRED OF (Anonymous)

FIRST OF ALL,ONLY A FOOL(OR THE PERSON USING "CONFUSED "AKA SGT JOSH )WOULD BELEIEVE THE ANYONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH ICAC,THE PROBLEM IS IT DOENST GET YOUR NAME IN THE PAPER INLESS YOU BRING THEM INTO YOUR VILLAGE TO ARREST THEM WHEN ALL ALONG YOU COULD HAVE GIVEN THE INFO TO THE P.D SO THEY COULD BE ARRESTED WHERE THEY LIVE.
HOW ARE YOU PROTECTING AND SERVING IF YOU ARE BRING THEM TO WAKEMAN/ I HOPE YOU ARREST THEM ALL BUT GOD HELP US IF YOU MISS ONE AND COME TO OUR TOWN A DAY EARLIER!!SGT. THAT SOMETHING YOU CAN SLEEP ON TONIGHT ON DUTY AT THE STATION,BUT I HOPE YOU WRITING THESE COMMENTS DONT KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT!!!! I SEE THAT 1:25 AM WOULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR BAD GUYS IN WAKEMAN!! I KNOW I FEEL SAFE AT NIGHT AS JOSH MILCHEN AS OUR SGT.!!!! HUNKER WAS A GOOD SGT BUT HIS LITTLE "CLICKS" TURNED HIM INTO A POOR CHEIF.

online on duty ...

FIRST OF ALL,ONLY A FOOL(OR THE PERSON USING "CONFUSED "AKA SGT JOSH )WOULD BELEIEVE THE ANYONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH ICAC,THE PROBLEM IS IT DOENST GET YOUR NAME IN THE PAPER INLESS YOU BRING THEM INTO YOUR VILLAGE TO ARREST THEM WHEN ALL ALONG YOU COULD HAVE GIVEN THE INFO TO THE P.D SO THEY COULD BE ARRESTED WHERE THEY LIVE.
HOW ARE YOU PROTECTING AND SERVING IF YOU ARE BRING THEM TO WAKEMAN/ I HOPE YOU ARREST THEM ALL BUT GOD HELP US IF YOU MISS ONE AND COME TO OUR TOWN A DAY EARLIER!!SGT. THAT SOMETHING YOU CAN SLEEP ON TONIGHT ON DUTY AT THE STATION,BUT I HOPE YOU WRITING THESE COMMENTS DONT KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT!!!! I SEE THAT 1:25 AM WOULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR BAD GUYS IN WAKEMAN!! I KNOW I FEEL SAFE AT NIGHT AS JOSH MILCHEN AS OUR SGT.!!!! HUNKER WAS A GOOD SGT BUT HIS LITTLE "CLICKS" TURNED HIM INTO A POOR CHEIF.

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