I-Team: Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Boy Arrested
NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio — An Ashtabula County man accused of sexually abusing a juvenile male was arrested in North Kingsville on Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced.
Jason Sams was accused of engaging a teenage boy in sexual activity after taking him to a Hocking County cabin in March.
“This investigation has been ongoing since March of this year,” said Special Agent Savalas Kidd, “There was a witness that observed something he felt to be illegal conduct.”
The witness contacted the Hocking County Sheriff’s Department, who then sought the help of the Ohio Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children Unit.
“We are very thankful to the person who saw something that he knew was wrong and called deputies in an effort to protect the child victim,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, referring to a witness who reported suspicious activity to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.
Sams was charged with one count of sexual battery.
Investigators took several boxes of potential evidence from his North Kingsville home and computer business.
“Those assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit are experts in investigating cases of this kind, and we will make sure those who abuse Ohio’s children are held accountable,” DeWine said.
It is possible there are additional victims.
“Hocking County is known to be a major tourist attraction in the state, and it’s possible the suspect (Mr. Sams) could have been in the area with other juveniles without our knowledge,” said Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North. “Anyone who may have seen or rented any of their properties to the suspect is encouraged to contact us.”
Anyone with information may call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446) or the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office at 740-385-2131.