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Ohio probing adoption agency amid rape charges

CINCINNATI -- Ohio officials are investigating a private adoption agency that helped place children with a man now accused of raping three boys in his care.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services tell the Associated Press on Friday that it's opened an investigation into ACTION Inc.
The investigation follows the arrest last week of a 39-year-old Troy man charged with three counts of rape and one count of compelling prostitution in Miami County. He also faces child rape charges in Montgomery County. Police accuse him of hiring out a 10-year-old boy for sex with other men.

The man's name is being withheld by the AP to protect the children's identities.

If the state finds wrongdoing, it could revoke the agency's license. Messages for comment were left at ACTION's office in Dayton.

Two other men - 29-year-old Jason Zwick, of Beavercreek, and 31-year-old Patrick Rieder, of Dayton - have been jailed on related rape charges, based on the allegations that the adoptive father hired out the 10-year-old boy for sex.

Meanwhile, Ohio and Texas family services officials have been sharing details of the children's adoption from Texas. Texas authorities say the Troy man adopted three children - one of them a 9-year-old girl - in 2011 and was in the process of adopting the fourth.

Troy police said the man regularly had sex with the three boys at his home in a quiet residential neighborhood of ranch homes in this western Ohio city of some 25,000 people. They arrested him last week and seized items including a video camera and two wooden paddles in the master bedroom, along with four laptops and an iPod.

Texas authorities didn't release any other details on the children but said the adoption was handled through ACTION Inc. adoptions agency of Dayton. A Texas spokesman said Thursday that it appeared that proper procedures had been followed, including background checks on the adoptive father. Troy police say they don't know of any past criminal activity by him.

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