Man charged with human trafficking
An Ohio man accused of trying to have a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl is believed to be the first person in Monroe County charged under the human trafficking laws. Aaron Kowalski, 38, of Perrysburg, Ohio, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer L. Ewen asked for the high bond based on the accusation that the defendant was pursuing a young girl to have sexual relations with while she was unconscious. “It’s just lucky that law enforcement was able to intercept him,” Ms. Ewen said in court.
Lt. Marc Moore of the Monroe Area Narcotics Team and Investigative Services (MANTIS), said undercover police arrested Mr. Kowalski Monday at an Erie Township motel. He said the defendant approached a prostituted woman and asked her to arrange a tryst with a 12-year-old girl, who would then be drugged and knocked unconscious so he could have his way with her.