Sheriff: Too much sex happening in parks

Mercer County Sheriff's cruiser. (WDTN Photo)
Mercer County Sheriff's cruiser. (WDTN Photo)

CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols in public parks.

Sheriff Jeff Grey says increasing complaints about sexual activity in the parks is prompting the increase.

He says both marked patrol cars and plain clothed deputies will work to keep the parks family-friendly.

“These parks are visited by families,” states Sheriff Grey, “we will not tolerate public sexual activity or soliciting in the parks. Those activities should be kept in the privacy of your home. Anyone caught engaged in sexual activity or soliciting in the parks, will be arrested and taken to jail, this news release is your only warning.”

The parks targeted are throughout the county, including city, village and unincorporated parks.

The sheriff says you can call the Mercer County tipline at 567-890-8477 to report inappropriate activity.

“It is time we take back our community from drugs and deviant behavior,” states Sheriff Grey, “it takes all of us working together, we appreciate and need the public’s help.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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