Three North Putnam High School staff members were charged Tuesday with child seduction involving the same 16-year-old student.
According to Indiana State Police, Nicholas Vester, 24; Craig Rogers, 24; and Brandon Largent, 20; individually and separately engaged in various acts of a sexual nature with the boy.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the teenage student reported the alleged incidents to police on January 18.
Police interviewed Largent, who told police he worked for the school as a lifeguard and a volunteer swim instructor. Largent told police he became involved with the juvenile student and said they exchanged texts and pictures on their cell phones. Additionally, Largent admitted to kissing the student while in the school. Largent was suspended by school officials in January and resigned four days later.
Rogers, a band teacher at the high school, was placed on paid administrative leave in January. According to court documents, Rogers told police he also became involved with the teenager. Rogers stated they exchanged texts and that he kissed and hugged the student several times while at school.
According to court documents, the third suspect in case was a substitute Spanish teacher for twelve weeks beginning in September 2011. During an interview, Vester told police he became involved with the student approximately three or four weeks after he started working at the school. Vester also indicated he and the student sent text messages and pictures through their cell phones. Vester also told police he and the student engaged in sexual activities. Additionally, Vester said he had a date with Rogers where they talked about the alleged victim.
All three suspects appeared in court Wednesday morning. They all pleaded not guilty to the child seduction charges. Their bonds were set at $10,000.
North Putnam staff members charged with child seduction
Three North Putnam High School staff members have been charged with child seduction involving the same 16-year-old student.
Staff Members Charged