BOWLING GREEN — The mayor of the Wood County village of Bairdstown has been charged with two counts of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile for forwarding a text message with an obscene photo to two teenage boys.
Christopher Barringer, 52, has a pretrial hearing in Bowling Green Municipal Court Jan. 28 on the charges, which are first-degree misdemeanors.
Terry James, a detective with the Wood County Sheriff's Office, said Mr. Barringer allegedly forwarded an image of male genitalia to a 13-year-old and 16-year-old boy he knew.
The stepmother of the 13-year-old reported the incident to the sheriff's office, he said.
“She saw the picture and reported it because obviously she was pretty upset someone would send her 13-year-old stepson a picture like that,” Det. James said.
Bairdstown is a village of 130 people two miles east of North Baltimore.