A former Continental schools industrial arts teacher has been indicted on various sex charges, including rape, involving crimes against a boy.
Jeffrey L. Perry, 54, faces up to life in prison on the charges. He is charged with five counts of rape, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, and four counts of gross sexual imposition.
At least one of the rape charges carries a life in prison specification, said Todd Schroeder, assistant Putnam County prosecutor.
"At the time of his arrest [in March] he was not a teacher. He was a teacher at the time the sex offenses were committed," Schroeder said.
The charges involve a boy student who was between the ages of 6 and 14 years old at the time of the crimes, Schroeder said.
"The allegations are that he engaged in the distribution of child pornography, the possession of child pornography and the creation of child pornography," Schroeder said.
The indictment said the crimes took place between 1995 and 2011.
Perry also is charged with receipt of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Toledo. A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3. Perry is being held in the Lucas County jail on the federal charge.
The federal charge was brought because Perry distributed child pornography outside the state, Schroeder said.
The case surfaced when the FBI was investigating the distribution of child pornography, which led agents to Perry, Schroeder said.
Continental schools High School Principal Joel Mengerink said Perry was employed with the school system from 1995 to 2003 as an industrial arts teacher. His position was done away with during budget cuts.
After teaching at Continental, Perry joined Wayne Trace Schools as an industrial arts teacher in 2007. He worked there until the spring of 2011 when his position was eliminated because of budget cuts, Superintendent Stephen Arnold said.
Schroeder said Perry also taught at a school system in Kentucky.
By Greg Sowinski - The Lima News (MCT)
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