Payton Shires is now charged with witness tampering in addition to sexual contact with a minor
An Ohio social worker previously accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old she counseled is now accused of showing up to the boy’s house with a gun, according to multiple reports.
Payton Shires, allegedly showed up at the home Thursday evening, despite not being allowed to be there, and threatened to kill the teen's mother and herself, according to reports from The Columbus Dispatch, WBNS and NBC4, which cite court documents.
Court records indicate that Shires is charged with two counts of witness intimidation. Previously, she was charged with sexual contact with a minor.
Shires was initially arrested on Oct. 6 and released on bond the next day under the condition that she have no unsupervised contact with minors, court records say.
The original charges date back to Sept. 27, when the boy's mother allegedly found text exchanges between her son and Shires, which includes a video that investigators say was of the two having sex, according to reports, which cite court documents.
According to court records cited by WBNS, Shires allegedly asked the child if he had "deleted the videos" and if his mother had seen the videos and messages in the text exchanges.
The Dispatch reported that Shires had allegedly called the teen’s mother and said she’d ruined her life, according to the court records.
Days later, investigators discovered a video they claim shows the two in different kinds of sexual activities in locations across Columbus, court documents allege, according to the outlet. Investigators claim the alleged incidents took place in September, per the outlet.
It is not clear if Shires has entered a plea to the new charges.
Shire previously worked with the National Youth Advocate Program, which said in a statement that they were “saddened by the situation" regarding their former employee.
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