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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Henry County man charged with coercion and/or enticement for allegedly attempting to persuade several Asian minors he met online to engage in sexual activity

A Henry County man was charged in federal court with one count of coercion and/or enticement for allegedly attempting to persuade several Asian minors he met online to engage in sexual activity.

Thomas E. Oberhaus, 56, of Napoleon, is accused of engaging in this behavior between 2013 and 2016, according to the criminal information.

If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The burden of proof is always on the government to prove a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated May 30, 2019