The union that represents Dublin City Schools teachers has provided a short comment on federal child-pornography charges filed against a former Scioto High School social-studies teacher.

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 a news release from the city of Dublin.

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 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 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.

Dublin Educators’ Association president Donna O’Connor wouldn’t comment directly but issued a written statement about the case.

“The Dublin Educators' Association does not condone nor protect, in any fashion, predators in our classrooms working with our students,” the statement read. “We believe that student safety is a fundamental right and that all statutes and policies designed to protect students from harmful individuals should be strictly enforced. DEA continues to stand with our school community to provide a caring, responsible and qualified teacher in every classroom.”

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

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.

Personnel file points
to ‘inappropriate’ incidents

Lee was hired by the district in 1995.

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 a statement June 20 from Superintendent Todd Hoadley.

According to his personnel file, he was placed on administrative leave April 13.

Lee’s personnel file also shows previous allegations of misconduct during his 22-year tenure with the district.

In one example, the district in October 2010 suspended Lee for three days without pay, due to "misconduct with a female student, … including inappropriate touching."

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

Prior to that, Lee was suspended without pay for two days Feb. 25 and 26, 2009, related to allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a female Scioto 11th-grader, according to his file.

According to his personnel file, Lee was asked to be present for an investigative hearing Feb. 2, 2009, to discuss allegations of inappropriate behavior toward the girl. Those allegations included that Lee had offered her a gift of clothing and repeatedly offered and provided her food. Allegations also stated that Lee had stared at her “in such a manner as to make her very uncomfortable, including looking at her on multiple occasions in such a manner as to cause her to believe that you were looking or attempting to look down the top of her clothing.”

The notice of suspension, issued to him by the district Feb. 3, 2009, states: “The history of your problematic conduct towards students in going (or seeking to go) beyond appropriate teacher-student boundaries now approaches being more than isolated, separable misjudgments on your part and instead borders on demonstrating more broadly that you simply lack a baseline appreciation of the limits of a proper teacher-student relationship.”

The notice also stated the district’s executive director of human resources didn’t have evidence that Lee had physical contact or that he had entered or sought to enter into a romantic relationship with a student.

In November 2002, Lee was asked to attend an investigative hearing to discuss allegations that he had written inappropriate notes to members of the Scioto girls cross country team, had given medical advice to student athletes and had engaged in inappropriate physical contact with them, according to the personnel file. A parent alleged that he had observed Lee rubbing a topical pain-relief cream on the girls’ legs.

Lee previously coached girls cross country and girls track and field teams, according to his personnel file. He resigned from coaching positions at the end of the 2002-03 school year as a result of allegations of inappropriate behavior with female Scioto athletes, according to his file.

In 1998, Lee was given a memo from the district’s athletics director, detailing Lee’s actions as assistant track coach, according to his personnel file. According to the memo, a staff member was concerned that Lee was meeting with girls in the boys locker-room coaches office.

ThisWeek hasn’t been able to reach Lee for comment.

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Columbus Dispatch reporter Earl Rinehart contributed to this story.

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