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An Ohio Social Worker Was Assigned to Counsel a 13-Year-Old Boy. Then, She Admitted She Had Sex with Him, Cops Claim.

Former Social Worker Accused of Having Sex With Teen Went to His Home
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The former social worker reportedly showed up to the teen victim's home with a gun, police said.

Oct. 9 2023, Published 1:13 p.m. ET

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A social worker in Ohio has been arrested after she was allegedly assigned to counsel a 13-year-old boy but then allegedly had sex with him, according to authorities.

The child's mother contacted police on Sept. 27 after she allegedly found inappropriate text messages between her son and 24-year-old Payton Shires, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

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Police conducted a search of the phone and allegedly found footage of the boy and Shires having sexual contact, officials said.

Investigators questioned the boy, and he allegedly admitted to having sex with Shires at least twice in September, The Dispatch reported.

Police arranged for the boy’s mother to phone Shires, which is when Shires allegedly admitted to the disturbing behavior, authorities said.

Shires was licensed this past and previously worked for the National Youth Advocate Program, a group which specializes in aiding families involved in the foster care system, according to The Dispatch.

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Officials didn’t indicate if Shires was assigned to the boy through the organization.

Shires was arrested and faces charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, officials said. She was being held on a $500,000 bond.

In a statement, the NYAP said, “The National Youth Advocate Program is saddened by the situation involving one of our former employees and a young person served by our organization.”


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