An Ohio social worker who allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old boy she had been counseling cried in court after another arrest for allegedly showing up at the teen’s home with a gun.
Payton Shires, 24, was filmed pleading with a judge as he read new witness tampering charges in relation to the incident, which come on top of the unlawful sexual conduct with a minor felony she was slapped with this month.
Now charged with intimidating a witness by force of threat, Shires also had a $50,000 surety bond she had been out on revoked, and is expected to remain in a cell until her next court date on November 6.
Court records in Columbus indicate no new bond for her has been granted after she allegedly showed up at the 13-year-old boy’s home on Thursday with a gun.
Prosecutors said she threatened to kill herself and blamed the family for ‘ruining her life.’
The boy’s mother told police she received a call from Shires who allegedly said she had been planning to kill herself – after killing the mom.
Former Ohio social worker Payton Shires was filmed pleading with a judge as he read her new witness tamping charges in relation to the incident, which occurred almost a month removed from her arrest for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old boy she had been counseling
Shires, 24, allegedly showed up at the 13-year-old boy’s home his past Thursday with a gun, allegedly threatening to kill herself and members of the family for ‘ruining her life.’ The boy’s mother reporter her alleged behavior to cops in Columbus last month
‘I didn’t want to kill her, no…’ Shires, of Mt. Sterling, sobbed as she told a judge she had no intention to kill the woman who reported her alleged behavior to police late last month.
Cops who cuffed Shires a second time, meanwhile, told the court how she believed the family had ‘ruined her life’ and had ‘taken everything from her’ by reporting her alleged activity to cops – after finding suspicious text messages on the child’s phone.
Those messages, prosecutors claim, included ones asking if the boy had deleted certain, explicit videos – and whether or not the mom had seen them.
Upon exacting a search warrant on the the device, cops said they found a video of the social worker and the boy having intercourse she was assigned to for counseling.
Detectives also wrote the boy told police he had sex at least twice with Shires in various places throughout Columbus, where the woman until recently worked the National Youth Advocate Program.
A private, non-profit agency, the group provides counseling, social work and advocacy for families involved in the foster care system, its website states.
It is unclear when she stopped working for the organization after her initial, October 6 arrest – which cops wrote came ‘without incident’, after Shires reportedly owned up to the relationship during a three-way call with the boy’s mother.
A little more than a week earlier, September 27, cops received the first call alleging the behavior from the boy’s mother, spurring them to search the boy’s cellphone.
Now charged with intimidating a witness by force of threat, Shires also had a $50,000 bond she had been out on revoked, and is expected to remain in a cell until November. She is said to have had sex with the the teen she had been tasked with counsel at least twice in September
Shires’ Saturday arraignment is seen here. Cops told the court how the former social worker said the family had ‘ruined her life’ and had ‘taken everything from her’ by reporting her alleged activity to cops – after allegedly finding texts and sex clips on the kids’ phone
Cops afterwards said the boy told them that the sexual relationship started in September – an assertion that will be probed as detectives continue to vet the case.
After her recent alleged outburst, Shires now faces two charges of felony third-degree victim intimidation – allegations that could each warrant up to five years in prison.
Moreover, she also faces another felony stemming from the initial pedophilia case that she allegedly admitted to – during the aforementioned three-way call between the mother and Columbus PD detectives.
That offense is punishable with prison sentence of somewhere been six to 18 months and fines not exceeding $5,000.
Judge Mike McAllister previously set her bond at $500,000, an amount she posted within days of her October 6 arrest via the 10 percent surety bond.
State records, meanwhile, provide some hints to the suspect’s counseling history – with her license in the state of Ohio issued on June 12 of this year.
Police’s initial mug shot of Shires, who is white with blue eyes and dyed blond hair. State records indicate she received her social work license in June of this year
As for her previous employer, the National Youth Advocate Program, the foster care group, when asked, would not disclose why Shires stopped working for them, citing confidentiality and the ongoing police case.
‘Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility,’ program representatives said in a statement earlier this month.
The group added: ‘The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) is saddened by the situation involving one of our former employees and a young person served by our organization.
‘NYAP has reported the situation to Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) and is collaborating with them and the Columbus Police Department on this case.’