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Local superintendent arrested

Updated: Friday, July 25 2014, 08:56 AM EDT

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio-- Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas announced that a local school superintendent has been arrested on four charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Union Local School District Superintendent Doug Thoburn, 53, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after authorities served a search warrant at his home in Belmont.
 
Belmont County authorities began investigating Thoburn after deputies received a complaint regarding alleged criminal misconduct.
 
Authorities with the Belmont County Department of job and family services, as well as agents with the Ohio attorney general's Bureau of Criminal Investigation crimes against children unit and cybercrimes unit, assisted in the investigation. Officials with the school district are and will be cooperative during the course of the investigation, which remains ongoing at this time.
 
Union Local School District is cooperating with investigators.
Gary Smith, the school board’s attorney says, "The union local school board is saddened and alarmed over the allegations concerning the possible criminal activity by superintendent Thoburn and is cooperating with the authorities as they investigate this matter."
 
About an hour after the sheriff’s office offered up a full release, the school board met for an emergency session at the District’s Central Office.
Afterwards they spoke exclusively with NEWS9, “the board asks that the union local family unite at this difficult hour to guide their school and to bring it to a new height of excellence as it continues to serve our communities."

The board says  it has placed Thoburn on paid administrative leave and for now its focus will be on the students.

"Union Uocal will continue to prepare for the 2014-15 school year and will be ready to welcome it students back from the summer break on August 26. Union Local has a proud tradition of excellence and will work tirelessly to continue that tradition and provide our students, staff and faculty with the best environment in which to excel. " Smith said Thursday,

The district has appointed Ben Porter as acting superintendent
 
The case will be prosecuted by the Belmont County Prosecutor's Office.
 
Thoburn is currently in custody at the Belmont County Jail. County officials say they will release more information sometime Friday.

Local superintendent arrested


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