FBI Cleveland
Special Agent Vicki D. Anderson
(216) 522-1400
November 9, 2018

Wooster Man Arrested for Enticing Teen Boys Online

The Cleveland Division of the FBI—Canton Resident Agency, the Wooster Police Department, Canton Police Department, and United States Attorney’s Office—Northern District of Ohio, announce the arrest of Luther Nash, 46 years old, of Wooster, Ohio.

On September 24, 2018, Wooster Police Department was notified from an anonymous source that he/she had created a fake Facebook Profile identifying as a 13-year-old boy. According to the complaint, Nash sent nude images of himself to what he believed to be a 13-year-old boy.

On September 28, 2018, an undercover Facebook account using a persona of a 13-year-old boy was created by law enforcement. A friend request was sent to Luther Nash. Within two hours, Nash accepted the friend request and asked if the 13-year-old had a boyfriend. The initial online conversation with the persona of the 13-year-old boy resulted in Nash providing a nude photo of himself and asking, “Can I be your daddy”.

According to the complaint, Nash discussed meeting the “13-year-old” at a park to engage in sexual activity. The online interaction included the 13-year-old boy persona stating, “I wish I was older than 13-years-old…”, Nash responded, “Stay a kid and my Babyboy”.

On October 5, 2018, Nash was contacted and placed into custody at his employment by Wooster Police Detectives. Nash admitted to sending nude photos to someone he believed to be 13-years-old.

Nash was transferred from local custody to federal custody on Thursday, November 8, 2018, without incident. Nash remains in federal custody and will appear in U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Burke’s court room for a detention hearing on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Law enforcement is asking the public if anyone had interaction with Luther Nash online to please contact the FBI at 330-456-6200. It is believed that Nash may have had other interaction attempting to persuade, induce, and/or entice young boys online.

The case is being worked by the FBI Canton Resident Agency’s Child Exploitation Task Force which is comprised of Canton Police Department, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the FBI.

A complaint charge is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any questions regarding this press release should be directed to SA Vicki Anderson at 216-522-1400 or vdanderson@fbi.gov.