A former Dublin City School District teacher is facing federal child-pornography charges, according to a news release from the city of Dublin.

Gregory Lee, 52, was charged with one count of producing child pornography and one count of possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to the news release.

Lee had an initial appearance June 20 before U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers. She ordered him held without bail in the Franklin County jail.

The charges followed evidence uncovered during an ongoing investigation into Lee’s alleged inappropriate relationship with a student, according to the news release.

The complaint, which was filed by Brett M. Peachey, a Westerville police officer assigned to the FBI task force against cyber and violent crimes, alleged that Lee had taken images of a 15-year-old girl with whom he had sex in his school classroom and sent her nude images of himself.

The girl’s mother notified authorities after reading her daughter’s personal journal in May. The writing included explicit descriptions of at least one act of oral sex between the girl and “Greg Lee,” according to the complaint.

The girl told investigators this month that she had been having sex with Lee since November 2016 and sent him nude photographs of herself. She said Lee would request nude photos of her and that she would feel “guilt-tripped” if she didn’t comply.

The complaint said Lee, who lives in northeast Columbus, admitted to having sex with the girl in his classroom multiple times and taking photos of her there. He also admitted to sending her nude photos of himself, the document states.

The FBI reported finding 234 images of the student in a USB drive recovered from Lee’s car, including 49 images depicting the girl in various stages of nudity. Some images were dated as recently as May 29. Some appeared to have been sent to the drive from his cellphone.

Lee, who was hired by the district in 1995, resigned during the school district’s human-resources department’s investigation, according to the news release.

Lee was a social-studies teacher at Dublin Scioto High School, according to his personnel file, and was placed on administrative leave April 13.

Dublin police are investigating along with the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, according to the release.

Lee was employed with the school district for more than 22 years, according to a written statement from Dublin Superintendent Todd Hoadley. During that time, he had “... a handful of previous discipline problems ...” within the district, none of which showed evidence of criminal wrongdoing, according to the statement.

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In October 2010, Lee was suspended for three days without pay because of “misconduct with a female student” that included “inappropriate touching,” according to his personnel file.

According to his file, Lee had removed a Scioto 10th-grader from class in August 2010 and had a verbal confrontation with her in the hallway that “included touching the student on the upper chest and shoulder.”

This past spring, district officials referred to the Dublin Police Department an allegation that Lee might have had an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to Hoadley’s statement.

Police still are investigating that allegation, and no charges regarding that alleged relationship have been filed, according to the statement.

Hoadley said the district’s concern caused school officials to demand Lee’s resignation.

Lee resigned May 25, district public-information officer Doug Baker said.

The district would have terminated Lee if he had not resigned, Hoadley’s statement read.

“We’re reviewing all our procedures and policies to determine if there are any measures we must take internally to improve our processes and protocols,” Hoadley wrote in his statement.

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