JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – The search is on for a former high school volunteer band instructor accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student.
An arrest warrant was issued on Friday for William Mackle, 21.
The victim was 14 at the time. Officials with the Greater Clark County Schools said this was Mackle's first year volunteering and as soon as the investigation started he was banned from school grounds.
"It's our duty to protect the children, it's the duty of the of these caretakers to protect these children and not to victimize them," said Jeremy Mull, Clark County Deputy Chief Prosecutor.
Mull said that's not what happened back in August when Mackle was brought on as a volunteer instructor for the Jeffersonville High School marching band. Police were called after the victim's parents discovered some inappropriate text messages on their daughter's iPad.
"Time and again these things come to light because parents are alert and monitor their device usage, their Internet usage, their phone usage," said Mull.
According to a police report the two started communicating through texts and he started giving her rides home, when her parents believed she was with another adult. The report states Mackle took the teen back to his home in Jeffersonville at least once.
No one was home when WAVE 3 News stopped by.
Police say Mackle began a romantic and physical relationship with the 14 year old that lasted about a month. Court documents show Mackle told the victim not to tell anybody that they "text like this."
"With the nature of those text messages that they discovered, clearly there was a sexual element to those and when the age of the victim they were clearly alarmed with that and promptly notified authorities," said Mull.
The victim told police she was in love in with him and they only kissed one time. Court documents state Mackle told investigators he didn't mean for this relationship to happen and thought she was 15 years old.
Greater Clark County Schools released this statement to WAVE 3 News:
Greater Clark County Schools and the Jeffersonville Police Department investigated an incident involving a former Jeffersonville High School band volunteer, William Mackle, who allegedly engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student. Jeffersonville High School acted swiftly when the information was reported to the school and has cooperated fully with the Jeffersonville Police Department as they've conducted their investigation. Mr. Mackle no longer serves as a volunteer for the Jeffersonville High School band and has been banned from school property. Greater Clark immediately dismissed Mr. Mackle from his volunteers duties when the inappropriate conduct was first reported.
Police haven't been able to find Mackle. If you have any idea of his whereabouts you are asked to call Jeffersonville Police.
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