The case against Worthington City Council member Joe Davis has been turned over to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, according to city officials.

The case against Worthington City Council member Joe Davis has been turned over to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, according to city officials.

Davis was arrested by Worthington police June 25 and was charged with gross sexual imposition after a 17-year-old intern accused him of having sexual contact with her while she was working with him at Worthington Jewelers.

Davis is co-owner of the downtown jewelry store.

According to the criminal complaint, Davis on May 13 lifted the girl's leg and placed it on his. Twice she moved her leg away, and he tried to move it back, according to the complaint.

The next day, Davis again allegedly approached the girl and rubbed her leg from the knee up to the genitals, according to the report.

The girl reported the incidents to her teacher, who urged her to report it to police.

The charge is a fourth-degree felony and carries with it a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail.

At a June 26 hearing, charges were dropped in Franklin County Municipal Court. It is common practice for charges to be dropped and evidence turned over to the prosecutor's office for possible further action.

Christy McCreary, spokeswoman for the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, confirmed that a "felony packet is under review for potential future possible action."

Worthington City Schools officials said the girl, who since has graduated from Thomas Worthington High School, was assigned to work with Davis as part of the Entrepreneurial Business Academy, a program at the school that emphasizes business through classes and community experience.

In most cases, internships are arranged by the teacher. In this case, the teacher was on sick leave and the internship was set up by the girl's parents, according to district spokeswoman Vicki Gnezda.

Gnezda did not know the district's policy on doing background checks on mentors and others involved in out-of-school internship programs.

Davis is on the Business Advisory Council for the Thomas Worthington program. He also is the past president of the Olde Worthington Business Association and serves on the board of trustees and the economic development committee for the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Three years ago, he was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Chamber.

Davis also is on the board of Leadership Worthington, a program from which he graduated. He also belongs to the Worthington AM Rotary.

He was appointed to council in 2011 to replace Mike Duffey, who stepped down when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.

Davis has not resigned from council and continues to attend meetings. His term expires this year.