Online chat investigation leads to arrest

Man receives multiple felony charges

TIFFIN, Ohio – July 29, 2022 – Following a month-long online chat investigation, officers from the Tiffin Police Department and Fostoria Police Department conducted a search warrant Wednesday of 575 E. SR 18, Apt G2, Tiffin, leading to the felony arrest of a man.

Police arrested Marcus A. Blust, 24, of Tiffin, July 29, who had believed he was messaging juvenile females during the joint operation by the two agencies. During the search of the apartment, police confiscated electronic devices and storage devices that will be analyzed for any additional evidence for the investigation.

Following the search, Blust was arrested on multiple felony charges including: Importuning, Disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and Pandering obscenity involving a minor. He is currently being held at the Seneca County Jail, and the case will be sent to the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Officer for presentation to the Grand Jury.

Assisting with the search warrant were additional officers from Tiffin Police Department, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and the Seneca County Drug Task Force.