Lisbon man’s tardiness delays sentencing for Mahoning County sex crime

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Sentencing was delayed for a man convicted of a Mahoning County sex offense after he showed up late in court.

Franklin Thorne, Jr. was supposed to be sentenced on Wednesday, but he was 20 minutes late. 

A deputy, carrying a bench warrant, took him out of court, leaving puzzled family members behind.

Minutes later, Thorne’s lawyer explained what had happened — that Judge Maureen Sweeney had ordered his arrest.

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. 

When he was arrested, he owned and lived at this 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

Thorne will now be sentenced in the Mahoning County case on Thursday. 

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