BUNKER HILL, Ind. – An Indiana alternative school teacher had sex with two high school students, and showered one with gifts including alcohol, guns and two cars, police allege.
Michelle Ladd, 41, worked as an instructional assistant with middle and high school students in alternative schools in the Maconaquah School Corporation when police allege she engaged in inappropriate relationships with two different students, the first starting in 2010, Fox59 reports.
Through a year-long investigation police allegedly learned Ladd offered to help a student earn money to reinstate his driver’s license by working on a farm she owns with her husband before eventually developing a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old.
Court records show the teacher spent thousands of dollars to buy the victim alcohol and two cars, before moving on to another student who was lodged in the Kinsey Juvenile Center.
In the second case, police allege Ladd visited the student, also 17, during his incarceration and later developed a sexual relationship with the teen. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office contends Ladd bought that victim alcohol, as well as guns, despite his criminal past, WISHTV8 reports.
“You certainly, sadly enough, have heard of stories like that, but you home you never have to experience that. Sadly …. We have to experience that,” superintendent Doug Arnold told WISH. “We were just dumbfounded, just shocked, we had no idea.”
Arnold said Ladd has worked in the alternative school program for six year, but was working with middle school students this year.
“Early on she did some work at the high school and I assume it was while she was there at the high school that some kind of relationship established,” Arnold told the television station.
Arnold said Ladd is on paid administrative leave pending her termination proceedings.
The teacher faces charges of child seduction, illegal transfer of handguns, and furnishing alcohol to a minor, Fox59 reports.
“In cases like this it reaches out to a lot of victims; family, friends, and community organizations. It touches a lot of people. There’s a lot of emotion that goes with the case,” Miami County Sheriff’s Capt. Gary Glassburn told the news site.
“It’s a shock because she’s been very effective in the classroom,” Arnold said.
Many people who commented on the news online, however, didn’t seem very surprised.
“What is the deal with these people that are placed in a position of trust? Sex and guns and probably Rock and Roll, too. She deserves the max,” No Show Jones posted to the WISHTV8 site.
Mike Striker agreed.
“Sadly, this kind of behavior is becoming more and more prevalent with teachers these days! Hopefully she will be trading a classroom for a prison cell!” he posted.