Christopher Summers, a teacher at Ft. Recovery High School, was arrested Monday on charges stemming from an alleged three-year relationship with a student. (Photo submitted)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
CELINA - Mercer County authorities this week arrested two men in separate cases involving alleged criminal sexual offenses.
A teacher at Fort Recovery High School was arrested for third-degree felony sexual battery from an alleged three-year relationship with a student. Christopher Summers, 32, St. Henry was arrested earlier this week. He is an accounting teacher and a former girls junior varsity basketball coach at Fort Recovery.The Mercer County Sheriff's Office was contacted Monday afternoon by the alleged victim and her family. An investigation revealed that Summers knew the girl from school and began a relationship that lasted nearly three years.
According to Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, the alleged criminal conduct occurred at Summers' residence and at a hotel in a neighboring county.
"We have no reason to believe, at this point, that any of the criminal conduct occurred during school events or on school property," emphasized Grey. "Fort Recovery Schools has cooperated fully and without hesitation."
Grey went on to say that a search warrant was received Tuesday afternoon for Summers' residence. Authorities seized computers, cameras, and other electronic equipment.
The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case to determine if additional charges should be filed. "At this point in the investigation, we know of no other victims and no other information is being released," said Grey.
In a separate case, four misdemeanor charges of child endangering have been filed against a former St. Henry police officer. Michael Jason Buschur, 38, Celina, was arrested Monday evening at his home. He is accused of using what is described as "a shock-type device or grill lighter" on children ranging in age from seven to 13 and also inappropriate touching. The parents of the children have been notified.
Buschur resigned his part-time position with the Village of St. Henry earlier this year. He is currently a member of the Montezuma Fire Department, although authorities have no reason to believe that the alleged offenses have anything to do with either position.
After Buschur's Monday arrest, he posted 10 percent of the $75,000 bond which had been set by Judge James Scheer in Celina Municipal Court. Buschur has a court appearance scheduled in that court Friday at 9 a.m.
No other details on either case have been released.