Marion High School Counselor Arrested for Sexual Acts with Juvenile

According to a press release from the Wells County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Vermilion (46) was arrested today, following an investigation into alleged sexual acts committed with an underage female.

Vermilion was a guidance counselor at Marion High School, but the arrest was made by the Wells County Sheriff’s Department. Both the Indiana State Police and the Marion Police Department assisted in the investigation. The investigation started late last week, after authorities learned that Vermilion was engaged in an inappropriate online relationship with an underage female.

The press release stated that Vermilion is now facing the following charges:

  • 12 counts of Vicarious Sexual Gratification (Level 4 Felonies)
  • 12 counts of Child Exploitation (Level 5 Felonies)


Following his arrest, Vermilion’s bond was set at $240,000.

Authorities have made clear that this was an isolated incident, involving only one minor, and it appears no other children were involved.

Marion High School has released the following statement:

Marion Community Schools was made aware Sunday evening of the arrest of Marion High School employee Ryan Vermilion on serious charges stemming from a criminal investigation in Wells County, Ind.

He is on suspended pending termination as legal and personnel due processes move forward.

At this time details are limited, and we defer to Wells County law enforcement officials to address any further questions. We are in full cooperation with law enforcement.

We cannot comment further on the investigation or the personnel process at this time.

This is a developing story, and we will bring you updates as they become available.

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