A U.S. Army recruiter assigned to Barberton in Summit County is under arrest following an investigation by Stow police into allegations he had an illegal sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Jonathan W. Crouch, 37, of Copley, was arrested and charged with one count each of pandering obscenity, a second-degree felony, and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony, according to Stow police. He was booked by Stow police and arraigned at Stow Municipal Court, where Judge Lisa Coates set bond at 10 percent of $20,000.
Conditions of Crouch's bond are no contact with any minors, no contact with the alleged victim and no use of technology.
The pandering charge was filed after police allegedly found him in possession of an "obscene" photo of a juvenile female, according to Stow police.
Police said Crouch has been cooperative during the investigation, and none of the alleged incidents are known to have occurred at Barberton High School.
According to Stow police, the alleged victim -- now 16 -- told police in April that she had been in a sexual relationship with Crouch after meeting him in the fitness room of their apartment complex when she was 15.
The three-month relationship "began as a friendship then developed into sexual activity between the victim" and Crouch, according to Stow police, and ended when the alleged victim's mother became suspicious about her daughter's "friendship" with Crouch.
The victim's mother reportedly looked at her daughter's phone, read the messages between her and Crouch, then called him and confronted him about the relationship, police said.
Crouch allegedly admitted he and the girl were involved in a sexual relationship, but believed the girl was 17, according to Stow police.