Charges were filed today in Lawrence Circuit Court I against former assistant principal Nathan Woodward, 32, of 2623 North Hill Drive, Bedford, who just tendered his resignation.
At least one Class D Felony charge of Child Seduction (IC 35-42-4-7(k)(1)(2)(A)(ii)) was filed (possibly two), but Andrea McCord quickly disqualified herself and the case was re-filed in Lawrence Superior Court I with case #47D01-1007-FD-00787 (Chronological Case Summary).
According to an TM article, MCS Superintendent John Lantis issued a two-sentence statement:
On the 16th of July 2010, the superintendent of Mitchell Community Schools accepted the immediate resignation of Nathan A. Woodward as an assistant principal, pursuant to board policy. Mr. Woodward was employed by Mitchell Community Schools in August 2009 and requested and was granted a leave of absence on or about Feb. 25, 2010.
Indiana Code reads (summarized): ”If a person who … engages with the child in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual conduct, or any fondling or touching with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the adult, the person commits child seduction.”
Calls to Woodward’s home seeking comment were not answered.
On a related note, on January 6th, Woodward filed a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (Chronological Case Summary) against his wife.
I’ve posted Chronological Case Summary documents for the civil (divorce) and criminal (child seduction) cases.
An unnamed source has indicated that other charges may be forthcoming: ”It was supposed to have been girls on the team he coached. There were supposed to have been at least 4 students involved, several of whom were over 18.”
In addition, “There will be a special prosecutor in the case and a special judge will have to be appointed in the case. I’ve heard he’s hired Sam Shapiro as his defense attorney.”
More details will be coming Monday, when we can acquire the Probable Cause Affidavit and related documents.
He’s still not answering my phone calls either. =)
I’m told that two different charges were filed against Woodward in Circuit Court. We’ll know more Monday.