TIFFIN — After a Seneca County Fair Board member was charged last week as part of an online child predator sting operation led by local authorities, the board says they are “looking into” options in regards to his position.
37-year-old Corwin “Cory” Zoeller, of Tiffin, was arrested last week and charged with attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor and importuning, both fifth-degree felonies.
Zoeller was elected by the Seneca County Fair Board to fill a vacancy, and was sworn-in on September 10, 2019.
As of Tuesday, Zoeller’s name no longer appears on the Seneca County Fair website on a page where the names of board members are listed.
Fair Board President Bruce Henney told TiffinOhio.net on Tuesday that the board is exploring their options for Zoeller’s potential removal from his position.
“We’re still looking into it at this time,” Henney said, adding that the board is consulting with legal professionals to understand what their options are.
Zoeller was charged as part of a sting operation led by the Fremont Police Department in collaboration with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies.
Officers posed as juveniles on internet dating and chat apps, where they spoke with Zoeller and 9 other men who were charged in the operation, and engaged in sexually explicit conversations.
Fremont Police Chief Dean Bliss says many of the chats led to the men going to an agreed-upon location in attempt to meet up with who they believed to be a juvenile for sexual acts.
Zoeller was booked into the Sandusky County Jail on Thursday, July 9, and has since been released on bond.