JACKSON, Ohio— Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Scioto County man following an undercover operation regarding human trafficking of an underage girl.
Authorities were notified on Tuesday, March 10, that they could prove that a man, identified as 69-year-old Larry Dean Porter, of Lick Run Lyra, Wheelersburg, was involved in Human Trafficking.
Authorities were able to arrange a transaction with Porter, who had agreed to pay money for a sexual encounter with a 7-year-old girl.
At approximately 7:36 p.m. at the McDonald’s of Oak Hill, Porter was taken into custody on suspicion of human trafficking.
The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assisted in a search conducted at Porter’s home, where evidence was collected.
Porter is currently incarcerated at the Jackson County Correctional Facility. During his arraignment on Thursday, March 12, Municipal Court Judge Mark T. Musick set Porter’s bond at $1 million full assurity or $1 million cash. The case has been bound over to the Jackson County Common Pleas Court. Porter is facing a first-degree felony Human Trafficking of an individual under the age of 13, as well as attempted rape of an individual under the age of 13, a second-degree felony.
The case will be presented by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office to a Jackson County Grand Jury, where more charges may be levied against Porter.
“We will not tolerate this in Jackson County,” Sheriff Tedd Frazier said following the arrest.
Authorities believe Porter may have other victims. Victims are encouraged to come forward, by contacting their local law enforcement agencies.