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Choir Director
St. Francis DeSales High School

Choir Director
DeSales

Education



Ohio University

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The Franklin County prosecutor's ...

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The Franklin County prosecutor's office says Zachary Ruppel pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of pandering obscenity involving minors, and one count each of compelling prostitution, importuning, and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Ruppel solicited a sex act and nude pictures from three students between February 2012 and July 2013.
Ruppel is the former choir director at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus. He's a former choir staff volunteer for the state fair's All Ohio Youth Choir.
He could face up to eight years in prison.


Zachary ...

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Zachary Ruppel

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Zachary R. Ruppel, 26, was charged yesterday by Columbus police for soliciting nude pictures and sex acts from DeSales students and other juveniles in exchange for membership in the State Fair choir dating back to 2011. Choir directors across the state recommend students for membership in the state fair choir.
Ruppel, of 4906 Lunar Dr., was a member of the state fair choir staff that year. He was the DeSales choir director until he resigned at the end of the school year, according to a DeSales student who answered the phone at the school on Friday.
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Police charged Ruppel with two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, fifth-degree felonies, and one count of compelling prostitution, a felony of the third degree. Two victims, boys ages 15 and 17, are listed by police.
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Strickler said today that Snyder and two other fair-choir staff members reported Ruppel's suspected actions in July.


Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said yesterday ...

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Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said yesterday that Zachary R. Ruppel, 27, was indicted on single counts of compelling prostitution, importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and on 10 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

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Ruppel, of Lunar Drive on the North Side, was choir director at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus from 2010 until June.
According to the indictment, the importuning and compelling-prostitution charges involved a 15-year-old boy and the disseminating charge involved a 17-year-old youth. Both were DeSales students.
O'Brien said that between February 2012 and July 2013, Ruppel solicited a sex act and nude pictures from several students and sent the nude pictures to other individuals.
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Some of the charges are felonies that could result in years in prison if Ruppel is convicted, O'B rien said.
A Columbus police investigation over the summer concluded that Ruppel had solicited nude pictures and sex acts from juveniles in exchange for membership in the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. Choir directors recommend students for membership in the fair choir each year.
At least one of the youths named in the indictment was in the state-fair choir this year.
Ruppel was a volunteer member of the state-fair choir staff in 2011.
He was charged in Franklin County Municipal Court on July 21 with two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and one count of compelling prostitution. Those complaints said he had asked a 15-year-old boy to engage in oral sex for $100 and sent photos of male genitalia to a 17-year-old.
Those charges were dropped so prosecutors could seek an indictment.
After Ruppel was charged, more youths contacted police to say that they, too, were victims.
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Francis DeSales High School and the Office of Catholic Schools has cooperated fully with law enforcement during the course of their investigation of Zachary Ruppel, and school administration has reached out to student, parents, and teachers to come forward with any information that may be pertinent to this investigation. At the time of Mr. Ruppel's resignation at the end of the 2012-13 school year, no outstanding conduct or disciplinary issues were known to school administration.
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Police later learned from Blaise Baker, Snyder's attorney, that Snyder was told in April 2012 that Ruppel had had "inappropriate" online conversations with a former fair-choir member and a current fair-choir member that year.


Zachary R. ...

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Zachary R. Ruppel

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Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said yesterday that Zachary R. Ruppel, 27, was indicted on single counts of compelling prostitution, importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and on 10 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
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Ruppel, of Lunar Drive on the North Side, was choir director at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus from 2010 until June.
According to the indictment, the importuning and compelling-prostitution charges involved a 15-year-old boy and the disseminating charge involved a 17-year-old youth. Both were DeSales students.
O'Brien said that between February 2012 and July 2013, Ruppel solicited a sex act and nude pictures from several students and sent the nude pictures to other individuals.
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Some of the charges are felonies that could result in years in prison if Ruppel is convicted, O'B rien said.
A Columbus police investigation over the summer concluded that Ruppel had solicited nude pictures and sex acts from juveniles in exchange for membership in the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. Choir directors recommend students for membership in the fair choir each year.
At least one of the youths named in the indictment was in the state-fair choir this year.
Ruppel was a volunteer member of the state-fair choir staff in 2011.
He was charged in Franklin County Municipal Court on July 21 with two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and one count of compelling prostitution. Those complaints said he had asked a 15-year-old boy to engage in oral sex for $100 and sent photos of male genitalia to a 17-year-old.
Those charges were dropped so prosecutors could seek an indictment.
After Ruppel was charged, more youths contacted police to say that they, too, were victims.
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Francis DeSales High School and the Office of Catholic Schools has cooperated fully with law enforcement during the course of their investigation of Zachary Ruppel, and school administration has reached out to student, parents, and teachers to come forward with any information that may be pertinent to this investigation. At the time of Mr. Ruppel's resignation at the end of the 2012-13 school year, no outstanding conduct or disciplinary issues were known to school administration.
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Police later learned from Blaise Baker, Snyder's attorney, that Snyder was told in April 2012 that Ruppel had had "inappropriate" online conversations with a former fair-choir member and a current fair-choir member that year.


This undated photo provided by the ...

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This undated photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office shows Zachary Ruppel, a former choir director at an Ohio high school has been indicted on several charges related to accusations that he solicited sex and naked pictures from teenage boys in exchange for positions in the state fair's choir. (AP Photo//Franklin County Sheriff's Office) | Ex-Ohio choir director indicted on sex charges Ex-Ohio choir director indicted on sex charges | www.springfieldnewssun.com

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This undated photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office shows Zachary Ruppel, a former choir director at an Ohio high school has been indicted on several charges related to accusations that he solicited sex and naked pictures from teenage boys in exchange for positions in the state fair's choir. (AP Photo//Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
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Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Thursday that Ruppel is accused of soliciting a sex act and nude pictures from several students between February 2012 and July 2013.
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The 27-year-old Ruppel is the former choir director at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus. He's a former choir staff volunteer for the state fair's All Ohio Youth Choir.

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