LIMA — A Lima man faces up to life in prison for federal charges related to sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl.
The U.S. Department of Justice released Friday afternoon that Nicholas Salvadore Cochran, 28, was charged by a federal grand jury with sex trafficking a minor, sexually exploiting a minor, distributing and possessing child pornography and committing a sex offense while registered as a sex offender.
According to the indictment, last month Cochran used the victim to engage in commercial sex acts with several men in exchange for money. The investigation revealed approximately 25 ads for the Lima, Findlay, Dayton and Columbus areas, which were allegedly posted daily and contained nude photographs of the minor.
Phone numbers linked to Cochran were allegedly posted on the website skipthegames.com in the female escorts section. Portions of his ad stated, “…do not attempt to low ball me I can skype and I have duo for verification and I will send one nude No small talk time is money and I don’t like mine wasted…” The website is advertised as a place for consenting adults to find each other online.
Cochran had met the victim on Snapchat approximately five months prior.
Cochran was arrested Aug. 9 as part of Operation Independence Day, a nationwide FBI-led operation to identify and arrest sex traffickers and recover child victims. He had been convicted of two counts of sexual battery and one for attempted sexual battery in Henry County in 2009.
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