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School board president resigns over 'deeply disturbing' allegations that he tried to seduce an 11-year-old girl

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An Ohio school board president resigned from his position after reportedly attempting to seduce a person who he believed was an 11-year-old girl, Fox News reported on Tuesday.

What are the details?

John Gray, ex-president of the Goshen Local School board in Goshen, Ohio, purportedly admitted to traveling to Indiana to meet with a female child he believed to be 11 years old.

Gray is also accused of previously exchanging inappropriate messages with a person he believed to be the young girl.

Instead of meeting up with the "child," however, he found himself face to face with adult members of the groups PCI: Predator Catchers Indianapolis and PCM: Predator Catchers Muncie.

Video footage of the meeting showed Gray attempting to explain his way out of the sticky situation, insisting that he had no intention to engage in sexual activity with the child.

"I told her, 'You're a minor,'" he insisted. "We're not doing any sexual relations."

He also added that such interaction would be impossible, due to his purported impotence.

'She's starving for something'

Elsewhere in the video, Gray said he remarked on the beauty of the person he believed to be a child.

"I said you have beautiful lips,” he recalled. “She said something about trying clothes on, modeling, like a fashion show.”

One volunteer pointed out that Gray also asked the person he believed to be a minor to strip down to her underclothes.

Gray replied, “I did say that” and admitted that he told her he wanted to wash her in a bubble bath and give her a massage.

The disgraced former school board president also repeatedly said, “She’s starving for something.”

Police soon arrived at the scene and handcuffed Gray, but it is unclear whether he has been arrested in connection with the allegations or if he may face any charges at the time of this reporting.

Gray was transported to a local medical facility for a psychological evaluation after the videotaped meeting, WCPO-TV reported.

An investigation into Gray's purported actions is ongoing.

'Deeply disturbing' video

Goshen Local Schools Superintendent Darrell Edwards said that the school community is concerned over the video.

"The content of the video is deeply disturbing to our entire school district and Goshen Local School community," Edwards said. "To be clear, Saturday’s incident occurred outside of the Goshen Local School district. Our district leaders will be consulting with legal counsel and should more information become available, we will communicate it to our families immediately."

Will he face charges?

Jason Phillabaum, a former prosecutor, told WLWT-TV that such videos may make a prosecution more difficult, as defense attorneys could argue that the man was subjected to entrapment by a third-party group unaffiliated with law enforcement.

“Indiana can charge him,” Phillabaum said. "And I think what was interesting is he was arrested that night but then they let him go because I think they’re trying to determine what do we do here. If it were a police officer, no question. Police officers are trained on how not to entrap someone.”

60 Year old President of Goshen OH school board, meeting an 11 y/o. www.youtube.com

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