A Tri-West High School teacher and coach has been accused of sexual misconduct with a student.
Tri-West High School Teacher, Coach Tyler Bruce Arrested on Child Seduction Charges
Tri-West High School teacher and head football coach Tyler Bruce has been arrested on preliminary charges of child seduction and obstruction of justice. Bruce has been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct involving a student.
The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office started investigating Bruce in May 2019 after the office received an anonymous tip regarding alleged sexual misconduct involving a student. In July, the North West Hendricks School Corporation school board voted 5-0 to place him on paid administrative leave.
The state of Indiana is also looking to revoke Bruce’s teaching license.
The girl’s parents, Stacy and Mark Lewis, filed a tort claim against the North West Hendricks County School Corporation in August. They allege that the school district failed to protect their daughter from Bruce.
According to the claim, suspicions of potential sexual misconduct by Bruce were first reported to the district in March 2019 via an anonymous call. The caller reported seeing Bruce working out alone with the girl, but no action was taken until May when a school resource officer saw what he thought to be an inappropriate interaction between Bruce and the student.
Attorney Jeff Gibson of the law firm Wagner Reese is representing the Lewises. They believe the school should have taken action in March after the first complaint was reported. According to Gibson, the district was negligent in its failure to safeguard its students.
The federal government is also conducting a Title IX investigation to determine if the North West Hendricks School Corporation has failed to properly handle sexual harassment allegations.