Payton Shires: Ohio Social Worker Arrested for Having Sex with 13-Year-Old Boy She Was Counseling

Shires was accused of engaging in repeated sexual activity with the teen client who was sent to her for treatment.

A licensed social worker in Ohio who is involved in counseling juveniles has been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old boy. Payton Shires, 24, was arrested by the SWAT squad of the Columbus Division of Police on Friday, according to WBNS. Records from the Franklin County Municipal Court show that Shires is accused of one count of unlawful sex with a minor.

Shires was accused of engaging in repeated sexual activity with the teen client who was sent to her for treatment. She was officially hired by the National Youth Advocate Program, according to the police. However, Shires would regularly engage in sex with the teen, police said.

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The incident came to light in late September after the teenager's mother reported to the police that she found text messages between her son and Shires, as indicated by court documents obtained by WBNS.

The messages revealed that Shires asked the teen if he had "deleted the videos" and if his mother had seen both the videos and the messages.

Police then launched an investigation and Shires was exposed. Detectives found a video on his phone that showed the youngster and Shires having sex and performing other sexual acts around Columbus.

Investigators then questioned Shires. She reportedly then admitted to having sex with the teen while on a call with the teen's mother and detectives, WBNS reported.

In fact, Shires used to engage in sexual activity with the teen almost regularly.

However, it is still unclear if the victim also admitted to having sex with the counselor.

On Friday, Shires made a court appearance where her bond was set at $500,000. She is currently detained at the Franklin County Corrections Center."

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This comes just days after Alissa McCommon, a former Covington teacher who is charged with raping one of her former students, got pregnant with his baby, according to a phone conversation that was played in court on Tuesday.

McCommon was first arrested in early September after police said she had sexual relations with at least one victim and admitted to communicating inappropriately with many other former students.

She was released on a $25,000 bond on the condition that she have no contact with the victim or any other minors other than her own children. On Thursday, she was rearrested after she reportedly stalked and harassed the victim upon bonding out of jail. Police say McCommon sent multiple text messages to the victim indicating he would "regret this."

Another Missouri teacher Brianna Coppage who was placed on leave last month after she was found running an OnlyFans account with her husband reportedly resigned from her job to focus only on her pornography career.