Sheriff: Public sex acts involved area leaders


A circle of people arrested for public sex acts in Shelby County include a news editor for the Sidney Daily News, a former airline supervisor, a volunteer firefighter and a former parks board member.

Those four men, along with five others, were arrested after a two-month long investigation into illegal sexual activity at the Lockington Dam Park, according to a news release.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office released the following information on the nine men facing charges:

  • Jeffrey Billiel, 69, of Sidney. Billiel is the news editor for the Sidney Daily News. Billiel faces one count of public indecency after surveillance captured him involved in sexual activity with a male in the park's parking lot.
  • David Scott Stone, 47, of Vandalia. Stone is a former employee with American Airlines as a supervisory agent at the Dayton International Airport. Stone faces two counts of public indecency. Surveillance captured Stone involved in sexual activity with a male in one incident, and a second incident where he was exposing himself. Both incidents happened in the park.
  • Michael Perando, 55, of Piqua. Perando is a former member of the City of Piqua Parks board. Perando also faces two counts of public indecency after surveillance captured him involved in sexual activity with a male, as well as a separate incident where he was exposing himself.
  • Gerry Drees, 53, of Russia. Drees is a volunteer firefighter with the Russia Fire Department. Drees faces one count of public indecency after video surveillance captured him walking around inside the park without any clothes on.
  • Joshua Taylor, 29, Piqua. Taylor is charged with one count of public indecency after video surveillance captured him involved in sexual activity with a male inside the park.
  • George Treon, 72, of Versailles. Treon faces one count of public indecency after video surveillance captured him involved in sexual activity with a male.
  • Dennis Baldwin, 64, of Arcanum. Baldwin faces one count of public indecency after video surveillance captured him involved in sexual activity with a male.
  • James Miller, 52, of Bradford. Miller faces one count of public indecency after surveillance captured him involved in sexual activity with a male.
  • David Murray, 51, of Sidney. Muray was charged with one count of public indecency after he was observed masturbating while sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the park.

Billiel resigned from his position at the Sidney Daily News following his arrest, the newspaper reported Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff's office began surveillance of the public areas within the park following citizen complaints, according to the release. Detectives are still working to locate other individuals involved in criminal activity inside the park.


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