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Man faces prostituion charges for setting up commerical sex meetings for minor

Thomas Welch faces prostitution charges.
Thomas Welch faces prostitution charges.(WTVG)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 12:20 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A man is facing charges after authorities say he purchased a hotel room in East Toledo for a minor to engage in prostitution.

Thomas W. Welch, 34, of Toledo, was arrested on charges of compelling prostitution. His bond was set at $250,000 during a court hearing on Thursday.

Court documents say Welch purchased a room at the Days Inn on Miami St. in November 2020, using the room to facilitate a minor to engage in commercial sex. The minor and Welch also allegedly used his cellphone to post ads on a website and set up dates for the minor to engage in prostitution.

Welch is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on June 25.

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