Tiffin Man arrested after online chat investigation

Authorities say they arrested a Tiffin man after a month-long online chat investigation.

Officers from the Tiffin Police Department and the Fostoria Police Department conducted a search warrant on Wednesday at an apartment at 575 East State Route 18.

Police say Marcus A. Blust, 24, of Tiffin, texted the girls during the joint agency operation.

During the search of the apartment, police confiscated electronic devices and storage devices which will be analyzed for any further evidence for the investigation.

Following the search, Blust was arrested on multiple counts, including importuning, disseminating material harmful to minors, and obscenity involving a minor.

He was taken to the Seneca County Jail and the case will be sent to the Seneca County District Attorney to present to a grand jury.

Other officers from the Tiffin Police Department, Fostoria Police Department, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, and Seneca County Drug Task Force assisted with the search warrant.

“Great work and collaboration with our law enforcement brothers and sisters,” said Tiffin Police Chief David Pauly.