Law enforcement say that 30 year old Brandon Walsh is a known pedophile on the run from justice in South Carolina.
After they received a tip that he was working at the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County, Ohio.
The Canfield Police Department, Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, the Canfield Fair Police, as well the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force all participated in the takedown of this disgusting child sex offender.
Walsh is currently wanted by law enforcement in Richland County, South Carolina for the charges of criminal solicitation of a minor.
The arrest warrant states that Walsh sent pornographic images and sexually explicit messages to the victim who was only 13 years old, through Facebook Messenger.
During those communications he enticed the victim to meet for sex as well as sent nude photographs on multiple occasions.
According to an official media release, the United States Marshals in South Carolina contacted the Youngstown Police Department on Thursday afternoon, asking for their help in locating Walsh.
Marshals say that they then canvassed the fairgrounds, parking lots, individual booths, and the surrounding streets before they eventually located Walsh working an amusement ride with children.
Walsh was detained into custody and arrested without incident.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is now assisting the investigators in South Carolina with the ongoing investigation and
evidence collection with a potential to seek further charges in the future.
Walsh will be housed at the Mahoning County Jail until he is inevitably extradited to South Carolina.
Marshal Pete Elliott said, “Predators like this will not find a place to hide in Ohio. Our task force will continue to work tirelessly to see that people who prey on children are quickly brought to justice.”
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