Athens high school teacher arrested for engaging in prostitution


On Monday, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Athens High School teacher Wayne Horsely, 52, for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.

According to the Facebook announcement from the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, the arrest was part of a larger sting operation in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Southwest Human Trafficking Task Force. east of Ohio.

The operation focused on several individuals who responded to online advertisements hoping to have paid sex with women or children.

A total of five arrests were made over the weekend. Horsley was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail to await trial. According to Hocking County Municipal Court documents, Horsley pleaded not guilty.

Horsley worked as a teacher at Athens High School and is currently on paid leave, according to a statement from Athens School District Superintendent Tom Gibbs. He has been ordered to refrain from contacting students throughout the school district’s investigation and is not permitted to be on school property.

“Members of the Athens School District Board of Education and Administration condemn human trafficking in all its forms and are very disappointed to learn that one of our own employees may have supported such a blatant practice,” Gibbs wrote in the email.


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