An Ohio local school board president was compelled to resign after he was busted and exposed by a volunteer group that tracks and catches child predators.
John Gray, the now-former president of the Goshen Local School Board in Goshen, Ohio was caught by the group while on his way to meet up with what he believed to be an 11-year-old girl, Fox News reported.
The school district he once led almost immediately severed all ties to Gray and issued a statement denouncing the “deeply disturbing” activities that he had been caught attempting to do with a minor.
Child predator caught
The incident was caught on video and posted online by volunteers for two groups that expose sexual predators that prey on children — PCI: Predator Catchers Indianapolis and PCM: Predator Catchers Muncie.
The video was indeed disturbing as the volunteers, initially just posing as concerned parents of the alleged 11-year-old girl, confronted Gray at a Dollar General store in Indiana as he was picking up snacks and drinks that he intended to deliver to the girl.
The friendly and disarming manner of the volunteers led to a roughly 30-minute long conversation in which Gray initially lied but later opened up and admitted his intentions with the girl, which included “cuddling” while watching a movie, giving her a massage, and touching her inappropriately in a bubble bath, and watching her get undressed and model different clothes in a “fashion show,” among other things.
After Gray had essentially admitted his plan, the volunteers dropped the act, revealed the supposed girl had been an adult decoy, and began to angrily confront him about his illegal and immoral intentions with a child, shortly after which local police arrived and took the man into custody.
No criminal charges … yet
Local Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO reported that while Gray had been taken into custody by the police outside of the store, he was not actually arrested and was later released without any charges pressed against him, though an investigation is ongoing.
Gray resigned his position as school board president, which he has held since 2005, the day after the confrontation, and the district said in a statement: “A video posted Saturday evening on YouTube shows John Gray, Goshen Local Schools board president, being handcuffed by law enforcement in Indiana. The content of the video is deeply disturbing to our entire school district and Goshen Local School community.”
In a separate statement, Goshen Superintendent Darrell Edwards said, “The content of the video is deeply disturbing to our entire school district and Goshen Local School community.”
“To be clear, Saturday’s incident occurred outside of the Goshen Local School district. Our district leaders will be consulting with legal counsel and should more information become available, we will communicate it to our families immediately,” he added.
It remains to be seen if Gray will face any criminal repercussions for his attempted actions, but one thing is certain — his career in children’s education is likely over for good, and whatever reputation he may once have had with his local community has been forever ruined.