Bluffton High School Teacher Charged with Child Seduction

Published 08/27 2014 09:19PM

Updated 08/28 2014 08:10AM

Joshua Clark, 39, resigned from his position as a math teacher at Bluffton High School Friday after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Clark allegedly performed a sexual act with the girl in June at the high school when she was 17 years old.

"Because he was a teacher, because he was in a position of authority over the student, then that's the reason for the charge," said Bluffton Police Chief Nathan Huss.

Under Indiana law, it's legal for a teen to have a sexual relationship with an adult after they turn 16, except if the adult is in a position of authority, like a teacher.

"We have a really good working relationship with the bluffton police department," said Wayne Barker, Superintendent of Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan school District.

Wayne says he first learned of the allegations on Friday morning when a student came forward to the Bluffton High School principal.

"I'm very encouraged that we had students come forward and speak very quickly about this from the time the alleged incident took place to the report being made," said Wayne.

The principal at Bluffton High School checked surveillance video, which showed Clark entering his classroom on Thursday morning followed by the girl who had been mentioned by the student.

In an interview with police, the girl said she was only sexual with Clark after she turned 18. When police interviewed Clark, he admitted to having a sexual relationship with the girl back in June when she was still 17. Clark resigned from his teaching and extracurricular positions at the high school.

"We're covering his classes right now with our present mathematics staff that we have at the high school and we have a sub as well. And we posted a position for a math teacher," said Wayne.

Joshua Clark's been charged with one count of child seduction, which is a class C felony. He turned himself in Tuesday night but then bonded out.

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