Industrial arts teacher accused of raping boy

A former industrial arts teacher has been indicted on various sex charges, including rape, involving crimes against a boy.
Sep 20, 2012


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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Who cares? He's not even from our area! Hey NR - If there's no bad news to report on from our area, maybe you could try reporting on some GOOD news from our area instead of being lazy and copying stories from the wire?


Really you only care about child rape in our area? Ill make sure my kids are no where near you!


Since you care so much about what happens Putnam County, you should move there. Personally, I'd much rather read about the GOOD people in HURON county than read about the bad people hundreds of miles away. I count on the NR for LOCAL news. I can get state, national, and world news from many other sources.

jack langhals

Windy,it's 100 miles to Kalida.I grew up in Putnam County and never heard the word rape.He and the one yesterday must have been transplants!

Nic Williams


swiss family

Personally, I am thankful that the Reflector reports on outrageous crimes like this, even though they are outside of our immediate area. I hope that when we realize how often sexual misconduct takes place between teachers and students, we will be motivated as a society to take extreme measures to make sure our children are safe. I think that it way past time to look into a way to try to "weed" out these pedophiles, and make sure that they are never alone with anyone's children, including their own. I would hope that at some point, enough investigation is done to come up with a "litmus test" that every teacher would have to take voluntarily at the beginning of every school year, and see if they fit the profile of having inappropriate pedophilia traits, and if they do, they can NOT be near any children... and that goes for all of the workers, janitors, coaches, counselors , business managers, superintendent, and bus drivers and cross walk guards..Once we realize that it happens everywhere , everyday, we should be so appalled that we demand that we go to the limits to protect all children...not just our own, because even if you think that they did NOT affect your child by what happens in other areas, the truth is , that in the trickle down effect, your child if indirectly affected with every molestation no matter where it is... thank you Reflector for making us aware of crimes, similar to our own, but in other areas... hopefully "we" will figure out ways to make this stop, and protect our kids


Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...


swiss - By your logic, we should have to test yearly all healthcare workers who have contact with children and any other person, including PARENTS, who come in contact with children. Are YOU going to pay for all of this testing? Duh! School staff and volunteers already have to go through a background check before they can work with children. Personally, I'd be more worried about the guy down the street.

Nic Williams

Maybe swiss made a molester detector we can use to weed out the weirdos


Why do we have to read Sh_t like this when it has nothing to do with the Firelands area ! ! 1