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Police search Goshen School Board president's home after release of 'deeply disturbing' video

Video was captured by vigilantly 'predator catchers'
John Gray
Posted at 9:23 PM, Apr 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-26 10:37:12-04

GOSHEN, Ohio  — Goshen police searched the home of Goshen Local Schools board president John Gray Monday, following the publication of a video where Gray admits to driving hours to Indiana to meet a young girl.

The video, titled "60 Year old President of Goshen OH school board, meeting an 11 y/o," was uploaded to YouTube and Facebook Saturday night by the groups "PCI: Predator Catchers Indianapolis" and "PCM: Predator Catchers Muncie." According to their websites, these are groups of volunteers that work to expose predators.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Office in Indiana said they were called to a Dollar General in Farmland around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and had a conversation with Gray. He was not arrested and is not facing any criminal charges at this time, but the sheriff's office said they are still investigating.

Goshen police said a day after Gray's confrontation with Indiana police, he was taken to the hospital for a psychological evaluation. Investigators did not tell WCPO the results of the evaluation and did not say what they found inside his home.

In the more than an hour-long video, Gray said he traveled around two hours from Cincinnati to meet with an 11-year-old girl he had been messaging.

“I told her, ‘You’re a minor. We’re not doing any sexual relations,'” Gray said in the video.

“We didn’t say you were here for sexual things. You said that. Why did you say that?” asked one of the volunteers.

For more than 30 minutes, Gray tried to explain himself.

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

"And you asked her to go down to her bra and panties,” one volunteer said.

Gray replied, “I did say that.”

He agreed that he spoke to the child about washing her in a bubble bath, as well as giving her a massage.

Gray said repeatedly, “She’s starving for something.”

At one point, Gray said he just wanted to cuddle with the child on a couch and make out.

Goshen Local Schools announced Gray resigned Sunday. In a statement posted on its website, the district said, "A video posted Saturday evening on YouTube shows John Gray, Goshen Local Schools board president, being handcuffed by law enforcement in Indiana. The content of the video is deeply disturbing to our entire school district and Goshen Local School community."

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Parents waiting for their children after school said they were astonished to hear the news.

“That about made me sick,“ said Melony Stegman. “That about made me sick. It’s too much.”

The district's website said Gray has lived in Goshen for 33 years with his wife and children. In the video, he said he’s a grandfather now and has served as board president since 2005.

“The content of the video is deeply disturbing to our entire school district and Goshen Local School community,” Superintendent Darrell Edwards said in a statement. “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.”

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