Dryfuse indicted on sex count

The former director of the Tiffin Park and Recreation Department was arrested Wednesday after he was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on a gross sexual imposition charge.

Steven Dryfuse, 45, of New Riegel, turned himself in at the Seneca County Jail Wednesday afternoon after being indicted on the fourth-degree felony charge.

Dryfuse, who was fired from the park job earlier this year, allegedly had sexual contact with someone on or about Oct. 4, 2001, to April 4, 2002, and “purposely compelled that person to submit by force or threat of force,” according to his indictment.

“I have no idea if this was one incident or more than one incident,” Dryfuse’s attorney, Dean Henry, said.

He said more details will come out during court proceedings.

Henry said he believed the victim, a male, was a minor.

“(Dryfuse) was terminated as a result of those allegations,” Henry said during Dryfuse’s bond hearing.

Henry said Dryfuse is a lifelong resident of Seneca County and had been an employee of Tiffin for 14 years. He was not serving as the director of the Tiffin Park and Recreation Department at the time of the alleged incident, Henry said.

“He was a well-regarded employee in the city,” he said.

At Dryfuse’s bond hearing Thursday afternoon in Seneca County Common Pleas Court, Magistrate Kenneth Clason set his bond at $10,000 cash or surety with 10 percent allowed. It was posted Thursday afternoon.

A magistrate now regularly conducts bond hearings, Henry said.

Clason said during the hearing that although the alleged incident happened 12 years ago, it was reported recently.

Although the indictment did not specify that the victim was a minor, a statute of limitations would not apply under certain circumstances. Henry still is researching that issue.

Dryfuse was ordered by Clason to have no contact with the victim and to have no one-on-one time with children younger than the age of 18 who are not family members.

If convicted, Dryfuse faces up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

“I’m glad he’s out,” Henry said. “He’s got a wife and three kids. He had a rough day yesterday.”