COLUMBUS — Gregory R. Lee, 53, of Columbus, a 1983 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 262 months in prison and 20 years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine for production of child pornography.
Lee was charged with production and receipt of child pornography after authorities found nude photographs from a 15-year-old student at Dublin Scioto High School while investigating allegations of sexual misconduct between Lee and the girl.
He was a 22-year teacher at Dublin Scioto and served as a track coach.
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 at Dublin Scioto High School.
While being interviewed by law enforcement, the victim admitted that she and Lee engaged in oral sex on numerous occasions in Lee’s classroom and in his vehicle beginning when she was 15 years old, district court officials reported. 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.
“This offense involves a significant violation of the trust placed in Lee as a teacher,” U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said. “He engaged in a sexual relationship with a student who was more than 30 years his junior. She was a child, and it was his duty as the adult to prevent any inappropriate interactions with his students. He failed that duty miserably, and his sentence today reflects the seriousness of his crime.”