Former Montgomery Co. employee focus of child porn investigation

Ex-county JFS employee charged with child porn

Joseph A. Doering, 38, of Springfield, was placed on administrative leave in November and then resigned in December after the Ohio State Highway Patrol opened an investigation Oct. 23, 2014, records show. The OSHP initiated the inquiry after the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Service reported “indications of computer misuse involving child pornography by an employee” on Oct. 22, 2014 at the Reibold Building at 117 S. Main St. in Dayton, officials said.

“We’re a state-networked computer system, and there are filters in place to screen out any inappropriate material,” said Kevin Lavoie, public information officer for the Montgomery County JFS. “He was with our child support enforcement agency, so in that role, he would not have any unsupervised access to children.”

The OSHP investigates allegations of criminal activity by state workers and the 900-employee Montgomery County JFS fits that description. The OSHP investigation was cleared March 20, but is still considered an open case.

A Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman said the case was reviewed that day and charges were approved March 23. The case will go to a grand jury after some forensic work is done with some of the material.

Doering’s job was listed as a social program analyst. Doering was hired May 8, 2002, made $22.48 per hour and was paid $45,349 by the county in 2014, according to payroll data.

Doering’s personnel file shows a letter dated Nov. 25, 2014 that informs him of a notice of investigation. The letter states, in part, “Please be advised that an investigation has commenced regarding violation of the following policies: MCDJFS Organizational Policy, Electronic Equipment Usage.”

Doering’s file indicates he was placed on administrative leave Nov. 18, 2014 and resigned with one-sentence letter on Dec. 5, 2014. His job performance reviews were generally positive.

No one answered the door Friday when a reporter knocked at Doering’s listed Springfield residence.

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