CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana high school employee is facing a charge of child seduction.
Alonzo Richmond was charged Wednesday by Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull. Richmond was an employee at Silver Creek High School as a club sponsor for theater.
A complaint was made to the Indiana State Police post at Sellersburg by the child's parent. Troopers investigated the alleged incident on Saturday turned the facts of the case over to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office who filed for an arrest warrant.
According to court documents, Richmond kissed a 17-year-old male student and grabbed his buttock after a theater event at the Silver Creek Township Park in Sellersburg. Documents stated that Richmond and the student would often talk about sex. Richmond allegedly would try to convince the student that he was homosexual and to break up with his girlfriend.
Early Saturday morning, court documents state that Richmond walked the teen to his car, hugged the teen, and kissed him. During the kiss, Richmond allegedly grabbed the teen's buttocks several times. Another teen told state police that he witnessed the incident, according to an affidavit. The affidavit also said that Richmond admitted to kissing the teen.
In a statement to WAVE 3 News, West Clark Community Schools said they are aware that Richmond is under investigation by State authorities. They explained that Richmond is an extracurricular activity sponsor but has never been a certified teacher employed by West Clark.
"The circumstances for which Mr. Richmond is being investigated allegedly took place off school grounds, at an event not sponsored or endorsed by West Clark," the district said in a press release. "West Clark is cooperating fully with all investigating agencies. Upon advice of Corporation Counsel, West Clark is not at liberty to comment on details under investigation."
JCPS confirmed that Richmond was an employee with the drama program at Youth Performing Arts School. In an email to WAVE 3 News, JCPS said that although the investigation does not involve JCPS students, "the employee will not be working with our students or in the building until this case is resolved."