The alleged activity that resulted in obscenity charges against a former travel and tourism director happened in or around June of this year, according to an affidavit in the case.
Bob Lambert, 62, who was arrested Tuesday on obscenity charges, was granted a court-appointed attorney Thursday morning. Local attorney J.D. Wagoner has been appointed to represent Lambert.
According to an affidavit from the investigating officer in the case, Lambert “on or about the month of June, 2016 in Hillsboro, Ohio did unlawfully create, produce obscene material that portrayed a minor as one of its participants.” He “did also buy, procure, possess, or control obscene material, that has a minor as one of its participants,” the affidavit alleges.
Lambert was arrested Tuesday morning following a search of his home and property. He appeared Wednesday morning in Hillsboro Municipal Court, where a preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 18. His bond was set at $50,000, according to the court docket, and Lambert was still in custody at the Highland County Justice Center late Thursday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s website.
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 Highland County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau effective at the end of August, but Highland County Commissioner Tom Horst, who is president of the tourism board, said that Lambert was dismissed effective immediately following his Tuesday morning arrest.
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. According to the affidavit filed Tuesday, the activity that led to Lambert’s arrest happened in or around June of this year.
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