Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini stated that his office received a call Monday, Oct. 23 from a local principal that had concerns that a substitute teacher was having inappropriate interactions with a female juvenile student.
Sheriff Donini stated that a detective responded to the school and spoke with the juvenile and her parents along with the principal, which prompted an investigation.
Captain John W. Murphy stated that during this investigation the suspect had sent naked pictures of himself to the juvenile’s phone and solicited her to send him inappropriate photos.
Captain John W. Murphy also stated that the suspect arranged for the juvenile to meet him on Thursday, Oct. 26 at a public location, so that he could take her back to his residence to have sexual relations with her.
On Thursday Oct. 26, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Ohio drug Task Force were able to do surveillance on the suspect and his vehicle that resulted in a traffic stop being made on the suspect at 1:52 p.m. on State Route 104 in Lucasville. The suspect was detained without incident.
Gregory Smith, age 67, of Greenwood Drive in Lucasville, was arrested.
Smith has been charged with one count of attempted sexual battery, a felony of the 3rd degree, one count of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile, a felony of the 5th degree and one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a felony of the 4th degree.
Sheriff Marty V. Donini stated that this is an ongoing investigation that could result in additional charges being presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury on a later date.
Anyone with any information concerning this case should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.
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