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Grill lighter, inappropriate touching cited in charges

A northwest Ohio firefighter and former part-time police officer is accused of using a grill lighter on children between 7 and 13 years old, as well as inappropriate touching, Mercer County officials say.

Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Wednesday that Michael Jason Buschur, 38, who lives on Ohio 219 southwest of Grand Lake St. Marys, has been charged with four counts of child endangering.

Buschur was charged in Celina Municipal Court and arrested at his home south of Celina late Monday. He later posted bail on $75,000 bond, the sheriff said in a statement issued Wednesday. It said Buschur is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Friday.

The sheriff’s department said Buschur is a member of the Montezuma Fire Department and was a part-time police officer with the village of St. Henry until he resigned early this year.

Officials have no reason to link his role in those jobs to the child endangerment case, the statement said. No further details were immediately available.

The grill lighter was described as a “shock type device.”