Former youth center employee pleads not guilty
A man who had been an employee of Seneca County Youth Center and was accused of kissing a girl in her cell and traveling to Indiana and engaging in sexual conduct with her appeared in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Monday afternoon.
Wayne P. Robinson, 49, of Tiffin, was charged with two counts of sexual battery, both third-degree felonies, and one count of interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges during Monday’s hearing.
Kelbley set Robinson’s bond at $50,000 with a 10-percent posting allowed and ordered him to be fitted with GPS if bond is posted. Robinson cannot have any contact with the alleged victim.
Robert Miller, Robinson’s attorney, said Robinson was a former deputy, retired from the military and had no prior criminal history.
The incident involved a 16-year-old girl, according to court records.
According to court records, the girl told officials she arrived at Seneca County Youth Center on July 29 and lived there until Sept. 12. She said she first met Robinson the first day she was there, and she told them Robinson kissed her while she was inside her cell at the youth center Sept. 11, they state.
Fostoria Police Department took a report Sept. 16 of a missing youth who recently had been released from Seneca County Youth Center.
It was determined the youth had traveled to Indiana with Robinson, according to court records.
According to court records, the girl admitted to “running away” with Robinson to Indiana without the permission of her parent/guardian. Robinson admitted to picking up the girl at her father’s residence in Fostoria and they traveled to Indiana without the permission of her parent/guardian, they state.
Robinson allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the youth, according to court records.
Teresa Copp, administrator of Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court, said Robinson was fired as of Sept. 18.