Bob Lambert, the former director of the Highland County Convention and Visitors Bureau who was arrested Tuesday on obscenity charges, appeared Wednesday morning in Hillsboro Municipal Court, where a preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 18.
Lambert continues to be held on $50,000 bond, according to the court docket.
Lambert is charged with second-degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, and fifth-degree felony pandering obscenity with a minor, according to court records.
Lambert had submitted his resignation from the tourism bureau effective at the end of August, but Highland County Commissioner Tom Horst, who is president of the tourism board, said Tuesday Lambert was dismissed effective immediately following his Tuesday morning arrest.
Lambert, 62, was arrested by the Hillsboro Police Department following a search of his home and property Tuesday morning. HPD Chief Todd Whited said in a press release that nearly two years ago, in October 2014, police received information from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office regarding “inappropriate sexual acts” involving Lambert, similar to complaints HPD had received, according to Whited.
Police asked the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation to conduct an investigation through its cybercrimes unit, said Whited.
Whited said that early Tuesday morning “the police department received information in regards to criminal activity involving sexual acts with minors at a residence in the 400 block of East Main Street. During this investigation officers received information that led to a search warrant being served” at Lambert’s residence.