A ghost hunter from Ohio is being accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. The man allegedly sent nude photos to the teen on Facebook and then they met at a nearby park to search for ghosts but ended up having sex instead, the Times Reporter reported on Saturday.
Darrin Troyer of Dover, Ohio was arrested for having sex with a minor. He is being accused of sending nude photos to a 14-year-old on Facebook, then later meeting with the victim to have sex at a secluded location. Troyer claims that he thought the teen was an adult. He is currently being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail.
The 48-year-old was originally charged with a fourth-degree felony of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Troyer has now been indicted on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and both charges are third-degree felonies. He also charged with one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor which is a fourth-degree felony.
Troyer runs the Ohio-based paranormal group Amish Paranormal Society out of Navarre. He said that they specialize in doing residential paranormal investigations, coming into people’s homes and gathering evidence of ghosts and the afterlife.
The boy’s family members found out that the 14-year-old was meeting with an older adult for sex and they contacted the sheriff’s department. A parent surrendered the teen’s computer to forensics to be investigated. Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Detective Cathy Bickford took over the teen’s Facebook profile and continued conversations with Troyer posing as the teen.
Detective Bickford said that Troyer talked with the teen about ghost hunting and that they met at Dover City Park to look for spirits. After meeting at the park, the two ended up having sex. According to Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, they went to the park several times to meet for sex. Bickford posing as the boy, arranged to meet Troyer at the park on March 30 where Troyer was promptly arrested.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant to retrieve computers and a cell phone that Troyer used for the crime. Investigators applied for an additional search warrant to go through the devices to look for communication between the two. Detective Bickford says it is unclear how long Troyer has been meeting with the teenager but it has been going on for some time.
Troyer was released on $50,000 bail from the Tuscarawas County Jail in March but it was revoked last month. The sheriff department was informed that he violated terms of his bail by sending text messages to a 15-year-old boy. Troyer was arrested on April 18 and is now back in jail. He is scheduled to appear at an arraignment before Judge Elizabeth Lehigh Thomakos in the Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court in New Philadelphia, on June 22.
“Although I don’t know the facts we all know the man in question and it is extremely hard to believe he would ever do something like this,” Stagecoach Inn caretaker Dave Goldinger said, defending Troyer in a paranormal discussion group on Facebook.
Goldinger has also found himself under scrutiny from the paranormal community this week for allegedly committing fraud through PayPal. He is being accused of scheduling ghost hunts up to a year in advance then later cancelling them and not refunding his customers the money. In the past, Goldinger was accused of using the paranormal community to threaten and stalk women.
If convicted, Troyer will be classified as a tier-two sex offender. He will be required to report to the sheriff’s office every six months for the rest of his life. Examiner tried to reach out to Troyer and Amish Paranormal Society members in March but they were unavailable for comment. Detective Bickford asks that anyone with information on the case is urged to call her at 330-339-7713 or contact the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office.