According to WTHR, a former teacher at Seymour High School has been charged with child seduction after a paternity test shows he is the father of a child with a former student.
Todd Weaver, 50-years-old, had an inappropriate relationship with a student while she was enrolled at the high school. The investigation began in September following the student giving birth to the child. Weaver was quickly placed on administrative leave.
Investigators conducted interviews and got a warrant to examine Weaver and the student’s cell phone activity and their DNA. On November 17th, Seymour Police charged Weaver on one count of child seduction following the paternity test results.
Child seduction is a level 5 felony. According to the police, the seduction charge was a result of Weaver being in a position of power as a teacher and having an inappropriate relationship with a child under the age of 18-years-old.
The investigation is ongoing, and Weaver has been transported to the Jackson County Jail.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, has represented numerous victims sexually abused by a teacher in civil lawsuits. We asked Jeff to provide insight on the legal rights of these victims and their families.
“Across the country, we have seen sexual predators are often found in schools using their positions of power and trust to abuse their students. Schools and administrations have a legal obligation to protect their students from harm and sexual predators. To ensure the safety of their students and prevent sexual assault, schools must provide adequate safety measures. Examples of ample safety measures include easy reporting systems, security cameras, and security guards.”
“If ample security is not provided, a victim may have ground to file a lawsuit against a school if sexual misconduct occurs. These victims should secure an experienced sexual abuse lawyer’s services to help determine whether their case involves negligence. Examples of negligence include: if previous misconduct reports were filed, but the teacher was allowed to continue working or if misconduct occurred on camera but was ignored. In these cases, the victim would have grounds for a civil lawsuit and may receive compensation for damages.”