A Lisbon man convicted of a Mahoning County sex offense was sentenced to three years in jail.
Franklin Thorne, Jr. was sentenced in Mahoning County on Thursday. Judge Maureen Sweeney decided on the sentencing, which was three years less than the requested plea.
Last month, Thorne pleaded guilty to two counts of importuning, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct of a minor.
The Lisbon man was originally arrested last spring by Mahoning County’s Human Trafficking Task Force after police said he tried to meet who he thought was a 12-year-old boy for sex. The “boy” was actually an undercover officer.
The conversations between Thorne and members of the Human Trafficking Task Force played out over several months before an arrest was made.
“A number of these times, the defendant is the one to then message the undercover police officer, asking to meet. Throughout these conversations, the undercover police officer tells the defendant that he is a 12-year-old boy, that he’s turning 13 sometime in the future,” said Assistant Prosecutor Steve Yacovone.
When Thorne was arrested, he owned and lived at a motel in Lisbon, where he had recently hosted an Easter egg hunt for kids.
While Thorne was free on bond from the first case, he was arrested again in Sebring trying to pick up an adult online. He pleaded guilty to solicitation in that case and was fined $500