Marietta man arrested by a SE Ohio task force
A Marietta resident was arrested Wednesday afternoon by agents of the Southeastern Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported Daniel Earl Sciance Jr., 25, of 105 Wyoming Road, agreed to meet with who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl Wednesday to engage in sexual activity.
According to Sheriff Larry R. Mincks, arrangements were made with Sciance to meet in the Frontier Shopping Center, Gross Street, Marietta.
Agents reportedly observed Sciance pull into a parking spot, where he then advised the undercover agent to get in the back. Agents then reportedly intercepted Sciance in the 100 block of Gross Street, and took him into custody.
The sheriff’s office said in August, agents began communicating with a subject believed to be Daniel E. Sciance Jr. During these communications, Sciance engaged in conversation attempting to solicit sexual activity with who he believed was a 15-year-old girl, the sheriff’s office said.
Sciance sent communications Wednesday to the “15-year-old female” making numerous sexual advances with very explicit sexual content, the sheriff’s office said. Sciance also reportedly indicated to the “15-year-old” that she would spend the night and he would provide “pot”.
Sciance acknowledged to agents that he was to meet a girl he’d been talking to at this location.
Sciance was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail where he was charged with importuning, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools (cellphone), also a fifth-degree felony. He also was served active warrants for two counts of driving under suspension and turn/stop sign violation.
The Southeastern Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost Organized Crime Investigations Commission and is comprised of representatives of the Washington, Noble, Morgan, Monroe, Athens, and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices, the Marietta and Athens City Police Departments, the Marietta College Police Department, the Washington, Noble, Morgan, Monroe, and Athens County prosecutor’s offices.