Albert Maruna, a 22-year-old Youngstown State University student, was arrested after he tried to solicit an undercover police officer posing as a 15-year-old boy for sex online. Maruna allegedly offered the undercover officer lube, Sprite, and chicken alfredo.
According to police, Maruna responded to a posting on a dating app on December 5. Enrolled as a student at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, Maruna allegedly told the undercover officer that he didn’t believe his age — which he thought was 15 — was “an obstacle to an intimate relationship.”
Maruna then allegedly sent the officer nude photos of himself also allegedly engaged in sexually explicit chats with the officer.
Police said it was clear that MAruna began to develop feelings for the “teen boy”, telling the undercover officer, “You are my one and only” and that he would like to “be his husband some day.”
According to a police report, Maruna tried to arrange a meeting with the officer, requesting that he wear a jock strap during their time together.
Police said on Tuesday afternoon, Maruna arranges to meet the officer at a location in Austintown, telling him that he is bringing lube, Sprite and chicken alfredo.
Maruna was then arrested and charged with importuning, disseminating matter harmful or obscene to juveniles, possession of criminal tools and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Police said he was found with the items, including a Tupperware container of chicken alfredo.
Police said during questioning, Maruna did not appear to deem having sex with a 15-year-old boy as being wrong.
Maruna was booked into the Mahoning County jail and charged with attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, possessing criminal tools, and importuning.
He made his first appearance in court on Wednesday, December 13.