The man accused of trying to buy a 10-year-old girl from an undercover officer stood before a judge for the first time since his arrest this weekend.

Police say 36-year-old Robert W. Thomas offered to buy the girl for $400.

But it wasn't a child he was chatting with. It was an officer with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Neighbors in Cuyahoga Falls say Thomas kept to himself inside his home with the blinds drawn in one window and a blanket in another.

Neighbors all used he same word to describe him -- reclusive.

"Stayed inside all the time. I never saw him -- he usually just leaves at night and come back early in the morning," said neighbor Chelsea Sprague.

Lauren Mangina lives across the street.

She says all she knows about her neighbor is that he's a mechanic.

"As a matter of fact, I've been here for 20 years, and I've never talked to him, met him, anything. I don't think anybody has in the neighborhood," said Mangina.

But neighbors started noticing police cars in the area a week ago.

Police say that's when an undercover officer responded to Thomas' online request looking for anyone willing to arrange a marriage of their daughter for $400.

Alliance police say Thomas agreed to meet in the 2300 block of West State Street, where police arrested him.

Inside his house, police say they seized a computer, videos and firearms, including a rifle with a grenade launcher mounted on it.

Neighbors are shocked.

"Very! I mean I'm astounded. There are so many kids in the neighborhood, it's unbelievabl. Unbelievable," said Mangina.

Thomas will return to court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Neighbors say, based on what they're hearing about this case, they're hoping Thomas goes away for a long time.

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