Ronald Foster – Interent Predator – Arrested


CLEVELAND — Ronald Foster, 59, of Newcomerstown was indicted Tuesday after Oakwood Village police and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested him Feb. 8.
Foster is expected to be arraigned Feb. 26.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, chairman of the OICAC, said Foster’s arrest was a result of a collaborative investigation between the ICAC members that included the Linndale, Brooklyn Heights, Rocky River, University Heights, Newcomerstown and Oakwood Village police departments; the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Offices; and the Cleveland FBI office.

On Jan. 19, Foster began chatting online with whom he thought was an 11-year-old girl from Bedford, Ohio.

The girl was actually an undercover Oakwood Village police officer. Foster indicated that he wanted to have sex with the girl and sent illicit pictures of himself using a web camera.

On February 8, Foster arranged to drive from Newcomerstown to meet the girl at a park in Oakwood Village.

He was arrested when he arrived at the park. Police found pornographic videos, sex toys, a video camera, and a tripod in his car.

Foster was indicted on a total of 11 counts, including: one count of attempted rape, a second degree felony; one count of attempted kidnapping, a second degree felony;

Seven counts of importuning, a second degree felony; and two counts of possessing criminal tools, a fifth degree felony.

He faces a maximum sentence of 74 years in prison.

Oakwood Village Police Chief Robert J. Semik said, “This predator’s willingness to drive over an hour to have sex with an 11-year-old reinforces the dangers of the internet. This was good police work but parents are the best line of defense. We cannot let our children fall in the hands of predators like Foster.”

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Ronald Foster – Interent Predator – Arrested


CLEVELAND — Ronald Foster, 59, of Newcomerstown was indicted Tuesday after Oakwood Village police and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested him Feb. 8.
Foster is expected to be arraigned Feb. 26.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, chairman of the OICAC, said Foster’s arrest was a result of a collaborative investigation between the ICAC members that included the Linndale, Brooklyn Heights, Rocky River, University Heights, Newcomerstown and Oakwood Village police departments; the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Offices; and the Cleveland FBI office.

On Jan. 19, Foster began chatting online with whom he thought was an 11-year-old girl from Bedford, Ohio.

The girl was actually an undercover Oakwood Village police officer. Foster indicated that he wanted to have sex with the girl and sent illicit pictures of himself using a web camera.

On February 8, Foster arranged to drive from Newcomerstown to meet the girl at a park in Oakwood Village.

He was arrested when he arrived at the park. Police found pornographic videos, sex toys, a video camera, and a tripod in his car.

Foster was indicted on a total of 11 counts, including: one count of attempted rape, a second degree felony; one count of attempted kidnapping, a second degree felony;

Seven counts of importuning, a second degree felony; and two counts of possessing criminal tools, a fifth degree felony.

He faces a maximum sentence of 74 years in prison.

Oakwood Village Police Chief Robert J. Semik said, “This predator’s willingness to drive over an hour to have sex with an 11-year-old reinforces the dangers of the internet. This was good police work but parents are the best line of defense. We cannot let our children fall in the hands of predators like Foster.”

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Thomas E. Johnson – 81 year old Repeat Sex Offender

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says
25% of all sex offenders

re-offend within 15 years.


An 81-year-old Altoona man charged with indecently assaulting a child already is a registered sexual offender in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Thomas E. Johnson remains in Blair County Prison after Judge Jolene Kopriva Friday refused to accept a plea agreement that did not require jail time.

It was the second time a plea agreement was rejected by a Blair County judge.

Judge Daniel J. Milliron first refused to accept the plea agreement several weeks ago because sentencing guidelines indicated that he should receive at least three years in prison.

Kopriva made a veiled reference to a Florida case Friday. Johnson spent more than three years in prison in that case, court records state.

Johnson was sentenced to nine years in prison in September 1995 for a 1991 sexual battery case.

The assault occurred in Pinellas County, Fla., according to the Florida sex offender and corrections Web sites.

Johnson received five years in prison for not appearing in court in 1992. He was extradited to Florida after his arrest in Blair County.

Johnson landed on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law list for the Florida conviction. His listing last was updated Friday.

Defense attorney Theodore J. Krol said he wasn’t aware of Johnson’s entire background.

Krol said Johnson may suffer from dementia and contended that the assault was an accident that occurred while rubbing the child’s back.

Blair County court records also show that in January 2003, Johnson pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a 16-year-oldbefore Kopriva and was placed on one year probation. Krol was his attorney in that case as well.

Krol said he has talked to Johnson and said he may enter a guilty plea and accept the 90-day jail sentence.

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says that 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years.

Thomas E. Johnson – 81 year old Repeat Sex Offender

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says
25% of all sex offenders

re-offend within 15 years.


An 81-year-old Altoona man charged with indecently assaulting a child already is a registered sexual offender in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Thomas E. Johnson remains in Blair County Prison after Judge Jolene Kopriva Friday refused to accept a plea agreement that did not require jail time.

It was the second time a plea agreement was rejected by a Blair County judge.

Judge Daniel J. Milliron first refused to accept the plea agreement several weeks ago because sentencing guidelines indicated that he should receive at least three years in prison.

Kopriva made a veiled reference to a Florida case Friday. Johnson spent more than three years in prison in that case, court records state.

Johnson was sentenced to nine years in prison in September 1995 for a 1991 sexual battery case.

The assault occurred in Pinellas County, Fla., according to the Florida sex offender and corrections Web sites.

Johnson received five years in prison for not appearing in court in 1992. He was extradited to Florida after his arrest in Blair County.

Johnson landed on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law list for the Florida conviction. His listing last was updated Friday.

Defense attorney Theodore J. Krol said he wasn’t aware of Johnson’s entire background.

Krol said Johnson may suffer from dementia and contended that the assault was an accident that occurred while rubbing the child’s back.

Blair County court records also show that in January 2003, Johnson pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a 16-year-oldbefore Kopriva and was placed on one year probation. Krol was his attorney in that case as well.

Krol said he has talked to Johnson and said he may enter a guilty plea and accept the 90-day jail sentence.

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says that 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years.