Tiffin Man Arrested After Online Chat Investigation

Authorities say they arrested a Tiffin man at the conclusion of a month-long online chat investigation.

Officers from the Tiffin Police Department and 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, had been messaging girls 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 was taken to the Seneca County Jail and the case will be sent to the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Officer for presentation to a grand jury.

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

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