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64-year-old Akron man arrested after undercover operation for attempted rape of 10-year-old girl

Summit County Sheriff
Posted at 10:12 AM, Mar 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-09 14:00:34-05

AKRON, Ohio — A 64-year-old Akron man has been arrested after he made arrangements with an undercover deputy to pay cash for sexual conduct with a 10-year-old girl, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Dean Stephenson, 64, of Akron, has been charged with attempted rape and importuning-telecommunication.

In February 2021, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation into Stephenson who was attempting to hire a young girl for sexual services.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation included several undercover operations. At one point, Stephenson acknowledged he was paying for sexual acts from a 10-year-old girl and arranged to meet the undercover deputy posing as the girl.

On March 3, Stephenson met the deputy at a location. He was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

Stephenson was booked into the Summit County Jail. Deputies executed a search warrant at his home. Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.