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Teacher, already headed to federal prison, pleads guilty to sex with student

By John Futty • Jan 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM

A former Dublin Scioto High School teacher who was sentenced last week to nearly 22 years in federal prison for taking nude photographs of a 15-year-old student pleaded guilty Monday in state court to charges of having sex with the girl.

Gregory R. Lee, 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Judge David E. Cain sentenced him to eight years in prison, but ruled that the sentence will run concurrently with Lee's sentence in the federal case. The sentence was recommended by prosecuting and defense attorneys.

Lee declined to make a statement in court. The victim, who spoke during Lee's sentencing hearing in federal court, did not attend Monday's hearing.

Between November 2016 and May 2017, Lee engaged in sex with the student in his classroom and in his car at a public park, according to the federal complaint filed against him. He was prosecuted for those acts in state court.

The FBI found 234 images of the student in a USB drive recovered from the former teacher's car, and more on his phone, including 49 depicting the girl in various stages of nudity, which led to the federal charges.

On Sept. 19, the state Board of Education voted to permanently bar Lee from teaching.

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