Authorities in Ottawa County have arrested an Oak Harbor man in connection with several recent threats called in to area high schools, including one Friday morning.
22-year-old Charles L. Tingler is facing one count of inducing panic, a charge related to a threat made to Oak Harbor High School and Middle School on Monday.
Officials have been working to find the person behind the threat since Monday's incident. Since that time, numerous other threats have been made to schools and businesses in four northwest Ohio counties.
While being questioned by members of the Ottawa County Drug Task Force on Friday, Tingler took full responsibility for threats made in the last week to Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor Middle School, Sandusky High School, Port Clinton Middle School, and most recently Waite High School on Friday morning.
Tingler did not give a motive; however, officials say he was active on various social media platforms. They suggest he may have engaged in conversation with a school-aged child who said he didn't want to go to school. Tingler is believed to have acted by initiating the threatening calls.
Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan said Friday that more charges against Tingler are pending a meeting of the Ottawa County Grand Jury. He said all calls were placed by Tingler through websites or mobile applications that hide phone numbers and disguise voices.
Tingler is said to have once attended both Sandusky and Oak Harbor high schools. He is currently being held in Ottawa County and will likely have an initial court appearance on Monday.