Teacher pleads not guilty to child molestation charges

Franklin Twp. teacher represented by Jim Voyles

INDIANAPOLIS - A not-guilty plea was entered Friday on behalf of a Franklin Township teacher who was arrested earlier this week on child molestation charges.

Thomas Haydock, 52, is being represented by high-profile attorney Jim Voyles.

Haydock, who had been teaching fourth grade at Mary Adams Elementary School, is accused of molesting a 10-year-old student he had been tutoring four years ago.

The Franklin Township Community School Corp. said Haydock had been on administrative leave since April, when it learned of the allegations.

Haydock also conducted a summer drama camp at Roncalli High School. Haydock has many friends in the theater community, and they are stunned by the allegations.

"You know a lot of different people in community theater -- lawyers, actors, teachers," friend Joanne Beck said. "It's absolutely the most shocking thing I could have heard about him. I never would have believed it in a million years."

Haydock's hearing lasted less than five minutes. He was released on $100,000 bond.

A trial date was set for Sept. 16.

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana says parents should have talks early on with their children to prepare them for adults who are supposed to have their best interests at heart, but don't.

"These conversations need to start immediately," said Sandy Runkle, with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.

Runkle said it's important for parents to use the correct anatomical names for body parts and have open communication with children about their body parts and sexual boundaries.

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