Online solicitation probe ends in arrest


By Chris Pugh - [email protected]



Agents from the BCI and the FBI Task Force raided a Galion home Thursday morning.


Marcus Williams


A Galion man faces $2 million bond after being arrested Thursday on three felony charges after a six-month online child solicitation investigation.

And prosecutors say he will most likely face many more charges as part of the investigation.

Marcus Williams, 35, of the 600 block of East Church Street, was in Crawford County Municipal Court Friday for his arraignment.

Williams was arrested after a raid Thursday morning by agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) and the FBI Task Force.

Williams was charged with importuning, a fourth-degree felony and possession of criminal tools and disseminating materials harmful to juveniles, both fifth-degree felonies.

“As of now, we have no reason to believe any local children were involved,” said James Ciotti, a special agent with BCI. “But we’re early in the investigation.”

“We are asking for him to be held without bond due to the severity and amount of evidence which was found,” Crawford County Prosecutor Matt Crall said. “BCI is continuing to investigate and there will most likely be many more additional charges come out of their investigation. They may come from my office or from the federal level. I can’t speak for them, but that is one of the things we are waiting to find out from our end as well.”

Williams is currently being held in Crawford County Jail.

Agents from the BCI and the FBI Task Force raided a Galion home Thursday morning.
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BCI4.jpgAgents from the BCI and the FBI Task Force raided a Galion home Thursday morning.

Marcus Williams
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_williams_Marcus1.jpgMarcus Williams

By Chris Pugh

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