Two teachers have been are accused of having sexual relationships with female students at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana.
Last June, 26-year-old boys’ varsity basketball coach Ben Chinn was arrested and accused of groping, kissing and engaging in sexual activates with a 17-year-old student.
Eight months later, 27-year-old algebra teacher Jon Lilly was arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with one, and possibly two teenage ,students. Lilly was charged in federal court and the affidavit says since 2011, Lilly persuaded six teenage girls, current and former students, to send explicit pictures to him on his cell phone. Some show the girls in just their underwear, others are naked and in sexually suggestive positions.
Dr. Walter Watkins, Hammond school superintendent gave a statement saying in part, “When anyone presents a possible danger to our students, we will take immediate corrective action and will assist in the pursuit of appropriate sanctions of that person. The safety of students attending our schools will not be compromised.”
A statement similar to this went home to parents today as well.
Dr. Watkins wouldn’t comment either on the fact that two of his teachers in the same school are accused of sexually exploiting their students.
Chinn’s trial starts in June. Lilly is in court Friday for a bail hearing.