CIRCLEVILLE – On May 16, 2020 the Circleville Police Department was advised of a missing and possibly endangered juvenile child in the area of Clark Drive in the city of Circleville.
Eyewitnesses stated that the juvenile left the area and was headed toward the Circleville Schools campus with an unknown male. Officers on foot were unable to locate the missing child. Assistance was requested by Survival Flight 14 to canvass the area with night vision technology, however no one was located.
On Sunday May 17, 2020 several reported sightings of the pair were called into the Circleville Police Department Communications Center. Officers were able to locate the juvenile with a male identified as Philip E. Peters, 40 of the Circleville area, on the schools connecting scenic exercise path. The juvenile was taken into protective custody and Mr. Peters was taken into custody.
Mr. Peters was taken to the Pickaway County Jail and charged with two Felony 3 counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Obstructing Official Business, and a no bond Probation Violation after he admitted to the crimes. This incident remains under investigation by the Circleville Police Department.
Thank you to the citizens of Circleville who contacted the Circleville Police Department with tips, they helped to bring this juvenile home safely to her family.