Ohio Methodist Christian Pastor Arrested For Child Sex Abuse

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“Boyd Robert “Robbie” Shugert, 24, was arrested on sex-related charges involving teenage boys.

He has been a teacher in Scioto County, as well as a youth group volunteer and volunteer with an area choir.

The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office says some of the victims who have come forward met Shughert through the choir.

According to deputies, Shugert solicited for sex acts and took naked photos of teen boys while they were sleeping and in the restroom stall.

Detective Jodi Conkel said most victims didn’t even know.

“They were shocked. I was the one that had to tell them that that took place.”

Conkel said a concerned parent came forward on Easter Sunday.

Shugert was arrested by deputies in a restaurant parking lot in Rosemount. He believing he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for a sex act and was willing to pay $200. But it reality, Conkel said had been messaging back and forth with her on Snapchat.

Since his arrest became public Monday, “we’ve had multiple victims come forward. They’re multiplying,” Conkel said.

Shugert was hired in the fall as a math teacher at Clay High School.

School Superintendent Todd Warnock said Shugert declined to offer his resignation to the Clay Local School District. Warnock said termination procedures against Shugert began at noon Wednesday.

Deputies believe, at this time, no criminal acts took place on school grounds or because Shugert was a teacher. One parent said he was well liked.

Shugert allegedly met his victims through volunteer positions, one with a local choir and as a youth group volunteer with Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Portsmouth.

“When you have an adult, a person like that, that person preys on children. They’re good at that,” Conkel said. “That’s what they do. These kids, they’re victims. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

Cornerstone Pastor Tim Roth said Shugert has been a longtime attender there, on the church’s praise team and youth group volunteer for the last three to four years.

“We were shocked and saddened and stunned to hear of Robbie’s arrest,” Roth said.

Roth said church policy requires two adults at all times at youth group functions.

He said his heart goes out to all the victims and their families. He offers counseling to anyone. He also wants any potential victim to contact the sheriff’s office.

“As a pastor, I’ve shed a few tears in the past 24 hours. It’s hard to sleep last night. It’s been hard, hard for everyone.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, Shugert remains in the Scioto County Jail on four felony counts including sexual battery. His bond is set at $300,000.

Conkel isn’t sure how many victims are out there, but advises anyone with information to come forward on this case or anytime they think they might be a victim.

She said so far, all of Shugert’s alleged victims have been male.

She advises people to pay attention to their surroundings, even if you think you’re in a private place.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/2/18
A man is in jail after investigators say he tried to solicit sexual acts and naked photos from several juveniles.

Boyd Robert Shugert, 24, of Portsmouth, is charged with 1 count of sexual battery, 1 count of attempted sexual battery, 1 count of illegal use of a minor in nude material and pandering sexual material involving a juvenile.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini tells us his office received a call on Sunday, April 1, 2018 that several juvenile males might be victims of a sexual assault.

During the investigation, Sheriff Donini tells WSAZ that Shugert was soliciting sexual acts and naked photos from the victims. The sheriff also says Shugert was paying the victims money for those services.

Detectives say Shugert had taken naked pictures of Juvenile males while they were sleeping, and that he had taken videos of the victims naked in the restroom without them knowing by placing his phone over a bathroom stall.

Captain John Murphy says Shugert attempted to meet a 15-year-old boy on Sunday through social media and wanted to pay him $200 for oral sex and naked pictures. Deputies say that’s when Shugert was arrested.

Shugert is in the Scioto County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

If anyone has any information regarding this case they should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091 All calls will be kept confidential.”

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