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Former youth center employee back in custody

Law enforcement officers stand around Wayne Robinson on TR 18 Thursday afternoon. Lt. Detective Mark Marquis of Tiffin Police Department (fifth from right) said Robinson was found hiding under a bridge.

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 was taken back into custody Thursday afternoon.

Wayne P. Robinson, 49, of Tiffin, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual battery, both third-degree felonies, and one count of interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony.

Lt. Detective Mark Marquis of Tiffin Police Department said police had received information that Robinson was at Christ’s Church at Tiffin at US 224 and SR 18 and was preparing to cut off his ankle monitor, which was court-ordered as a condition of Robinson’s bond.

Marquis said Robinson ran from the church. Tiffin Police Department and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded.

Robinson was found hiding under a bridge on TR 18 and was taken into custody, he said.

Marquis said Robinson was charged with criminal damaging, a first-degree misdemeanor, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, and was at Seneca County Jail on Thursday evening.

Robinson had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury in November.

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, had said Robinson was fired as of Sept. 18.

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