Former Dublin teacher pleads guilty to making child porn in case involving student

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A former Dublin high school teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to production of child pornography.

Gregory R. Lee, 52, of Columbus, was indicted on two counts of sexual battery for engaging in sexual acts with a female student at Dublin Scioto High School.

According to the Statement of Facts in this case, the parents of a teenage female contacted Dublin Police in May 2017 after discovering information in the teenager’s personal journal regarding sexual activity with Lee, who had been her high school teacher.

While being interviewed by law enforcement, the victim told authorities that she and Lee engaged in sexual activity on numerous occasions in Lee’s classroom and in his vehicle. She said Lee also instructed her to create and exchange nude photographs through her phone.

A forensic examination of Lee’s electronic devices uncovered approximately 234 images of the victim, at least 49 of which depicted the minor in various stages of nudity. The victim confirmed that Lee had taken some of the nude pictures of her that were found on his devices.

The forensic examination also revealed nude images of another female that was believed to be a former student of Lee’s. The former student confirmed that she took the photographs with her cell phone when she was 17-years-old and sent them to Lee.

Production of child pornography in this case carries a potential term of imprisonment of 15 to 30 years, as well as at least five years of supervised release.

The federal plea agreement takes into account Lee’s sexual contact with the victim, for which an indictment is pending in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, and requires Lee to plead guilty to that indictment as well.

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