Ohio man arrested for kidnapping, assaulting Indy teen

Scott Cisco
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Police say an Indianapolis teenager was kidnapped and attacked in Ohio, after meeting a man online.

The suspect, 47-year-old Scott Cisco, faces felony charges of rape and kidnapping with sexual motivation.

A terrifying 911 call came into police dispatchers in Ohio this week from a 17-year-old Indianapolis girl. After that phone call, police responded to Cisco's home in Sunbury, Ohio, near Columbus.

"Please hurry before he comes back," the teen says in the call.

"We have someone en route to you right now, ok?," the dispatcher responded.

The teen's mom says she went to the movies Tuesday in Indianapolis and didn't come back. Prosecutors say Cisco, a former law enforcement officer, met up with her in Indianapolis and kidnapped her.

They say he drove to his house in Sunbury and gave the teenager alcohol. Then, prosecutors say, he bound and gagged her and sexually assaulted her.

Prosecutors say Cisco duct taped her to the bed, then went to work at a restaurant. That's when the teen freed herself and called 911.

Cisco's landlord and friend, Brian Damico, says he's not a predator and didn't know the girl was 17.

"He was lonely. He looked online for some companionship, met a girl. She was telling him she was in distress. He drove to Indy to pick her up and brought her here," Damico said.

But the FBI, which investigates similar cyber crimes, calls this a classic "travelers" case. Predators target underage girls online, then travel to meet them with the intent of doing harm.

"Travelers, child predators, people that take on these types of crimes are very, very good at manipulating your child for their own purposes," explained Robert Jones, Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis FBI Field Division.

To stop them, the Indianapolis division of the FBI launched the Child Exploitation Task Force just this month. It concentrates the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement.

"Undercover operations, wiretaps, anything we can do to investigate crimes as they relate to the exploitation of children, we've placed in one area, versus having them spread out through the division," Jones said.

Investigators warn these crimes are common and parents need to be aware.

"Be uncomfortably intrusive with your teen or your preteen," Jones said. "You will not know what your child is doing online unless you put specific measures in place to ensure you're involved with what they do."

Cisco is due back in an Ohio court for a preliminary hearing November 2.