Man Indicted On Sex Charges Involving Minors

A Hancock County Grand Jury has indicted a former scouting troop instructor on sex charges involving minors.

Court records show Dale E. Lingo, 26, of Columbus, was indicted on one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a 4th-degree felony, and three counts of sexual battery, a 3rd-degree felony.

The indictment alleges that the offenses occurred in Eagle Township, Hancock County in the summer of 2017.

Lingo was about to go on trial in connection with two of the charges when another victim came forward and the prosecutor’s office re-indicted him to include the new charges.