Once again, drug related crime dominates the top offenses for nearly all Ohio police blotters today. One arrest is currently garnering massive amounts of publicity due to both the unusual nature, and background of the incarcerated suspect. Prostitution has gone high-tech, with a Columbus, Ohio, man now in custody and being tracked down by law enforcement officials.
A middle-aged man was arrested and taken into custody by Columbus police officers for crimes related to online prostitution. Robert E. McFadden, 46, allegedly traded information relating to online prostitutes and escorts who plied their trade on the city streets. Charges in the pending case also state a 17-year-old minor was one of the “sex for hire” participants. Law enforcement officers state McFadden reportedly offered raffle tickets for $10 each in order to win and evening with a prostitute.
McFadden allegedly created reviews of individual streetwalkers and personal escorts and sold the reviews of their performances online. The “hooker review” website has been pulled from the World Wide Web, leaving many searching aimlessly for a glimpse of the X-rated performance chart. According to the details available about McFadden’s lascivious love low-down, customers could post comments about their personal experiences with the sex workers. Possible child pornography charges may be forthcoming due to the age of at least one of the prostitutes. No information is yet available as to the reaction of those actually evaluated on the website.
One of the most disturbing facts in the emerging case is the work history of McFadden. The accused was a former director of the Faith Based Community Initiative Office under current Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland. According to available documents, McFadden was transferred to a position with the State of Ohio Corrections Department, and was laid off in March 2008 due to budget cuts. Ohio’s prison system employees have been faced with budget -cut related lay-offs for many months. McFadden reportedly spent part of 2007-mid-2008 as a corrections employee. There hasn’t been any formal indication that McFadden’s split with Ohio’s prison system had anything to do with these improper actions.
As Columbus Police Officers and the Prosecuting Attorney continue to investigate the case, there is sure to be more details and snickering comments to be made about this incident. Regardless of the outcome of this case, it is sure to become an enticing bit of local lore for Ohio’s capital city.
McFadden is currently being held at the Franklin County Jail. As of yet, no attorney is listed as representing the former Ohio Faith Based Director.