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2 more Ohio men charged in adoptive kid rape case2 more Ohio men charged in child rape case; police say adoptive father set up sex with boy, 10
TROY, Ohio (AP) ' Law enforcement officials are widening the investigation into child sexual exploitation allegations against an adoptive father and two other men that have stunned a small city, authorities said Thursday.
Two men who police say had sex with a boy in meetings arranged through the adoptive father have been jailed on rape charges. The 39-year-old adoptive father was arrested last week on charges he had sex with the three boys who lived with him in Troy, a city of some 25,000 people about 20 miles from Dayton.
Troy police Capt. Chris Anderson said Thursday that the community's reaction was "shock and disbelief." The man at the center of the investigation is a longtime resident who had been involved in a local youth basketball program, though Anderson said police so far haven't found any signs of any inappropriate behavior involving other children.
Police also hadn't found any records of past major criminal charges against the man, whose name was being withheld by The Associated Press to protect the children's identities. The man worked out of his home as an insurance claims adjuster, Anderson said.
The man had adopted three children, one of them a 9-year-old girl, and was in the process of adopting a fourth child, authorities said.
"We're hoping we have stopped this before it got any further," said Anderson.
The Dayton Daily News reported that the adoptive father was a former president of the Foster Parent Association of Miami County. A search warrant affidavit said the man brought the children from Texas as a foster parent, the newspaper reported.
State children's services officials are reviewing records and said the adoptions were handled by a private agency. Other details weren't available immediately.
The case began unfolding last week when an undercover detective in Franklin County, part of a state task force, talked online with the adoptive father, who said he would arrange sex with a 10-year-old boy, Troy police said.
Federal and state prosecutors and investigators and police from three Ohio cities planned to meet Thursday to discuss how to proceed in the widening investigation. The FBI said it was pursuing federal sexual exploitation charges.
The adoptive father and the other two men, ages 29 and 31, remained jailed Thursday on rape charges.
Associated Press writer Dan Sewell in Cincinnati contributed to this story.
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