Former Cleveland cop charged with craigslist child solicitation


Robert Bonness
Robert Bonness

Investigators in Ohio have arrested 53-year-old Robert Bonness for allegedly traveling to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. Bonness is a retired street cop from the Cleveland PD.

Bonness allegedly responded to a craigslist ad that said a father and daughter were looking for a ‘special person’. Bonness expressed interest in having sex with the man’s 12-year-old daughter and wanted her to dress in a cheerleader outfit. Bonness allegedly traveled from his home in Parma to North Olmsted to meet the girl. Instead the former cop was met by members of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force who placed the ad.

While the article does not specify which section of craigslist the ad was placed on one could safely assume it would be the casual encounters section which shows that section is in desperate need of moderation or removal. Once again the apparent self-policing by the craigslist community did not get this ad pulled and I doubt CL was working with law enforcement on this.

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