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Mo. man traveled to Solon hotel for sex w/ teen

Posted: 5:03 PM, Sep 18, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-18 21:03:36Z

A Missouri man was sentenced to five years in prison after he engaged in sexual activity with a minor in a Solon hotel room, Cuyahoga Prosecutor Tim McGinty said.

William Marsh, 37, of Independence, Missouri, was charged with 33 counts including:

  • unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
  • illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance
  • pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor
  • importuning
  • disseminating matter harmful to juveniles
  • possessing criminal tools

He was convicted on 17 of the counts. Police said that he will be extradited to Arizona to face charges in a similar case before his prison sentence begins in Ohio.

Prosecutors said that a woman and her 15-year-old daughter were staying in the hotel and the woman called police because she couldn't find her daughter. When police arrived, the teen had been found and said she had engaged in sexual conduct with Marsh.

According to prosecutors, police found video cameras, child pornography, sex toys and other paraphernalia in Marsh's room.

The girl said she had met Marsh online and had arranged to meet him at the Solon hotel.

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