Staff Writer

A Findlay man indicted on child pornography charges is a Hancock Park District employee who has been put on leave and could lose his job.

Robert C. Sams, 42, was placed on paid administrative leave at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday by Hancock Park District Director Gary Pruitt.

The Courier reported Tuesday that Sams was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury this month on 15 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

“We just learned of this today,” Pruitt said Tuesday morning.

Sams is the natural resource manager for the park district. He was named to that position in June 2017 after 10 years with the park district as natural resource assistant and park service ranger.

Pruitt said he is trying to gather additional information about the allegations, and that the charges “could lead to termination of employment.”

“We have procedures in place to offer disciplinary action, even terminate employment based on certain things,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt said he’ll follow procedures in the personnel manual approved by the park board.

Sams allegedly had “child pornography in the form of both videos and photos” on a device at his home, according to Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle.

The photos and videos were allegedly downloaded from the internet, Riegle said.

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