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Update: MHS guidance counselor charged with child exploitation, vicarious sexual gratification

A Marion High School guidance counselor has been charged in Wells County with 12-counts of vicarious sexual gratification, Level 4 felonies, and 12-counts of child exploitation, Level 5 felonies.

Ryan Vermilion, 46, of Marion was arrested on Sunday after an investigation that originated late last week, according to the Well’s County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the news release, it was discovered through the investigation of an inappropriate on-line relationship between a female juvenile and Vermilion.

Vermilion is also known as a coach and the brother-in-law of District 31 State Rep. Ann Vermilion.

In response to the arrest Marion Community Schools released the following statement:

“Marion Community Schools was made aware Sunday evening of the arrest of Marion High School employee Ryan Vermilion on serious charges stemming from a criminal investigation in Wells County, Ind.

He is on suspended pending termination as legal and personnel due processes move forward.

At this time details are limited, and we defer to Wells County law enforcement officials to address any further questions. We are in full cooperation with law enforcement.

We cannot comment further on the investigation or the personnel process at this time.”

The Sheriff’s Office believes this is an isolated incident involving a specific juvenile and no other juveniles appear to be involved.

His bond has been set at $240,000.

The Marion Police Department and Indiana State Police assisted in the investigation.

This is a developing story.

(Credit: Wells County Sheriff’s Office)

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