The Scioto County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office arrested two alleged child rapists last week. Officials said the victims were as young as nine years old.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini said suspect Ryan Thomas knew all of his victims through past or present connections with family members. The Sheriff’s Office said the assaults involved multiple victims and happened over a period of 10-12 years.
Sheriff Donini said his office received recently received information that multiple children were the victims of repeated sexual assault. During the course of the investigation, a detective assigned to the case identified several victims who were aged 9 – 16 when the alleged assaults happened.
Investigators began their search for Thomas, 40, of Ironton. They received information that he was staying in his vehicle and various other locations. Investigators finally caught up with him on August 19 at a home on Clinton Furnace road in Pedro. Deputies took him into custody without any problems.
They booked Thomas into the Scioto County Jail on a $150,000 bond. Thomas was arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court on August 20 and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on August 27.
Sheriff Donini said the investigation is ongoing and involves more victims. Anyone with information should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091. All calls will remain confidential.
Just one day later, the sheriff’s office arrested a second man for raping a child.
Pedro Man Arrested For Raping 13-year-old
The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Sly, 19, of Pedro, Ohio for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Sheriff Marty Donini said his office learned last week Sly had repeatedly assaulted a 13-year-old girl. The last assault happened during the July 4th weekend.
Detectives interviewed witnesses and took statements before interviewing Sly at the Sheriff’s Office on August 20. Deputies arrested Sly as a result of that interview. The Sheriff’s Office said Sly was charged with rape and currently held without bond at the Scioto County Jail.
Additionally, the Sheriff said his office believes there is at least one more victim. Anyone with information should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091. All calls will remain confidential.