Molestation charges against teacher dropped

Teacher has been on leave since April

INDIANAPOLIS - Molestation charges against a Franklin Township elementary teacher have been dropped, the teacher's attorney confirmed Tuesday.

Thomas Haydock, 52, had been facing four felony counts of child molesting since his July arrest, and he'd pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Defense attorney Jim Voyles said all charges were dismissed, but few other details about the decision were immediately released.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said the charges were dropped because "this case is not appropriate for prosecution."

"The victim's family has agreed to the dismissal," the spokeswoman added.

School officials said the charges stemmed from an incident four years ago with a 10-year-old student.

Haydock, a fourth-grade teacher at Mary Adams Elementary School, has been on administrative leave since April, when allegations were first brought to the school district's attention.

The school district said in a statement Tuesday that Haydock will remain on leave while its internal investigation continues.

"Even though the criminal charges arising from one student have been withdrawn, the FTCSC believes it has an obligation to determine, to the best extent possible, whether inappropriate behavior separate and apart from criminal behavior occurred," the statement read.

 

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