CLEVELAND, Ohio — A private pilot who flew into Akron on a business trip last month has been indicted on charges accusing him of driving to a Cleveland suburb to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
A Cuyahoga County jury on Friday handed up a three-count indictment charging Ryan Johnson, 33, with importuning, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and possessing criminal tools, all low-level felonies.
Johnson was arrested Aug. 30 with a keycard to an Akron hotel, condoms and lubricant, prosecutors say.
He is being held on a $100,000 bond and is set for a Wednesday arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Johnson, of Camarillo, California, responded to a Craigslist ad on Aug. 15 and started Google chatting with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, prosecutors say.
The conversations turned sexually explicit, prosecutors say. Johnson asked the girl to send him nude pictures of her and talked about taking her to a hotel, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Carl Sullivan said.
Johnson, while in New York on Aug. 29, arranged to meet the girl the next afternoon at a Newburgh Heights park, court records say.
Johnson flew into Akron the next morning, borrowed a car the real estate company he was flying for had rented and drove to Newburgh Heights, prosecutors say.
The girl turned out to be an undercover investigator, and Newburgh Heights police and investigators with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force were waiting for him when he showed up at about 3 p.m., court records say.
Police found a keycard to an Akron Marriott, three condoms and a bottle of lubricant in the rental car, Sullivan said. They also seized two cellphones and are working to obtain a warrant to go through the phones, Sullivan said.
Johnson made his initial court appearance on Sept. 1. A judge barred him from leaving Cuyahoga County until his case is over and ordered him to wear an ankle monitor and be on home detention if he is released on bond, records say.
Newburgh Heights police and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force, led by Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, investigated the case.