A former Dublin City School District teacher will plead guilty to federal child pornography charges, according to his attorney.

Former district teacher Gregory Lee, 52, in June 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's attorney, Steve Nolder, said Lee signed a plea agreement and is scheduled to enter guilty pleas to the federal charges at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 85 Marconi Blvd., Columbus.

"He intends to admit his guilt and he faces a significant sanction after he does that," Nolder said.

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 federal complaint, which was filed by Brett M. Peachey, a Westerville police officer assigned to an FBI task force investigating cyber and violent crimes, alleges 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 on a USB computer 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.

This past spring, school 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.

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

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

State charges

The Franklin County grand rury Aug. 23 indicted Lee on two third-degree felony counts of sexual battery.

"While employed as a teacher, this man engaged in sexual acts with a female student for over half of a year," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said in a news release that same day.

Lee passed on his bond during an arraignment Sept. 1 in the criminal division of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas after the original Aug. 25 date was rescheduled. His next court date has not been scheduled.

District response

In an Aug. 24 statement to parents, Hoadley outlined the district's actions over the summer to address student safety.

"As we have stated previously, we have all been deeply hurt for our student involved and we all feel betrayed by this former teacher," Hoadley said in the statement.

"With his case in the news again, we wanted to take a moment to update you on what has been done regarding student safety this summer."

According to the statement, district officials:

* Are reviewing the health curriculum to see where they can add more information about staff to student sexual harassment and other student safety topics.

* Have planned to request a waiver day from the state to provide staff with additional student safety training about sexual harassment and other student safety topics.

* Are developing a student safety action plan.

* Held an in-service training session conducted by the Dublin Police Department for district administrators.

District officials will make recommendations regarding policy changes at future Dublin City School District Board of Education meetings, Hoadley said in the statement.

The district will also provide additional training to athletic coaches and form a parent advisory group.

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