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Nine arrested in park sting

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SIDNEY — Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart held a press conference this morning on the arrests of nine men who were engaged in sexual activity at the Lockington Reserve.
Lenhart expects to make three more arrests.
The arrests came after a 60-day investigation at the park, a 200-acre tract located just outside the village of Lockington, by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. The Miami Conservancy District leases the Reserve without charge to the Shelby County Park District.
The nine men charged Tuesday were:
Jeffrey Billiel, 69, of Sidney, charged with one count of public indecency; David Scott Stone, 47, of Vandalia, 47, two counts of public indecency; Michael Perando, 55, of Piqua, charged with two counts of public indecency; Gerry Drees, 53, of Russia, charged with one count of public indecency; Joshua Taylor, 29, of Piqua, charged with one count of public indecency; George Treon, 72, of Versailles, faces one count of public indecency; Dennis Baldwin, 64, of Arcanum, faces one count of public indecency; James Miller, 52, of Bradford, faces one count of public indecency; and David Murray, 51, of Sidney, charged with one count of public indecency.
The investigation included the use of cameras with a range of 50-75 feet. used to monitor parts of the park, Lenhart said. An estimated 25-30 cars were seen coming and going during from the park during the surveillance time, and all the people entering were men. According to Lenhart, reports about sexual activity in the park are not new and some locals now avoid it. He stressed that this is a public park and there should be no expectations of privacy.

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