Three charged over prostituting adopted boy

Story highlights

  • Father charged with raping three of his adopted children and prostituting his 10-year-old son
  • Two other men have been charged in the case
  • Police impounded his truck and took laptops, a video camera and two wooden paddles
  • The children were three boys, ages 9 through 12, and a 9-year-old girl
The adoptive father of three young children in Troy, Ohio, was charged Thursday with raping three of his adopted sons and prostituting his 10-year-old son out to two other men.
The man, 39, who CNN is not naming to protect the identity of the children, is in jail on rape charges along with Jason Zwick, 29, and Patrick Rieder, 31, according to Montgomery County Prosecutor spokesman Greg Flannagan.
"It's just shocking," Flannagan said.
Troy police said they impounded the father's truck and confiscated four laptops, a video camera and two wooden paddles from his home.
The man does not appear to have a past criminal record, had adopted three children and was in the process of adopting a fourth child who already lived with him, Police Capt. Chris Anderson said.
The children were three boys ages 9 through 12 and a 9-year-old girl, he said.
Anderson said the boy who was allegedly prostituted to Zwick and Rieder told authorities that he was afraid to talk because he didn't want to be taken away from his new brothers and sister.
On February 24, police said they received a call from the state's internet crimes task force saying the father had offered an undercover officer sex with a boy. The man was arrested that day, police said.
"I've seen a lot of bad things in 35 years of law enforcement," said Attorney General Mike DeWine. "But I've never seen anything like this."
He said authorities are now "trying to unravel what kind of background check was done."
The defendants' attorneys could not be immediately reached for comment.