A teacher from Lafayette has been arrested on a charge involving misconduct with a teenage girl from Bartholomew County, police said.
Darren R. Williams, 25, a band teacher in the Lafayette Catholic school system, is in the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of dissemination of matter harmful to minors, a Class D felony.
He was booked into jail about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
Indiana code describes the charge as matter that is displayed in an area in which minors have access; engages in or conducts a performance before minors; or conducts a performance in an area in which minors have access.
Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said the girl, who is under 18, is not related to Williams but declined to detail how they met because the investigation is ongoing.
He also declined to reveal the nature of the disseminated matter because of the ongoing investigation.
The Columbus Police Department started investigating Williams after getting a complaint on Aug. 7, Myers said.
Columbus police contacted the Lafayette Police Department, and the two agencies began working together on an investigation. On Tuesday, they obtained a search warrant which allowed them to search Williams’ property.
Williams’ address is listed as 113 Waterford Court, Apt. F, in Lafayette, according to Bartholomew County Jail records.
WLFI Channel 18 in Lafayette reported on its website that Williams is a band teacher and has been suspended.
The TV station reported that a letter sent to parents Wednesday said Williams was arrested Tuesday night and taken to the jail.
The letter also said that Williams was suspended immediately from his duties pending an investigation, WLFI reported.
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