Columbiana County motel owner indicted on sex charges

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A Columbiana County motel owner picked up as part of a Mahoning County sex sting has been indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Franklin Thorne, Jr. is charged with three counts of importuning, three counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and one count of compelling prostitution, attempted rape and possessing criminal tools. 

Thorne was arrested earlier this month when he showed up at a location in Austintown, thinking he would be meeting a 12-year-old boy for sex, investigators said. Agents reported finding him on computer websites often used for internet sex trafficking.

Police said when he was arrested, he was carrying more than $70,000 in cash. 

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