By Lisa Rantala
BAIRDSTOWN (WTOL) - Investigators say the mayor of Bairdstown texted naked and obscene pictures to two teens last month.
As a result, Chris Barringer was charged with two misdemeanors last week after two sets of parents in the Wood County village came forward.
Kim Brennemen said she thinks Barringer, a family friend of more than 10 years, is sick and needs help.
Brennemen said her 13-year-old son, along with a 16-year-old boy, showed her the explicit text messages.
According to court documents, the messages included a picture of a penis with a message that stated "it's a penis with a smiley face -- and do you want a smiley face on yours."
"He's the mayor," said Brennemen. "He took office. He needs to represent the position that he's in and not prey on little young boys."
Brennemen said she plans to consult attorneys in an effort to get Barringer removed from office.
"If I can't get any more than a misdemeanor out of this, I want every parent to know to keep your child away from Chris Barringer," said Brennemen.
The mayor faces a maximum sentence for the misdemeanor charges of six months behind bars and a $1,000 fine.
Wood County Sheriff's Office Deputy Terry James said Barringer did admit to forwarding the photos.
"He understands now it isn't funny and we take those matters very seriously," said James.
Constituent Augie Allgire, who provided a photo of Barringer from 1978, said she did not want him to continue as mayor.