Third grade teacher charged with 30+ counts of child molestation

Third grade teacher charged with 30+ counts of child molestation
Corey Faith (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department)
Corey Faith (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department)

CORYDON, IN (WAVE) - A Harrison School Corporation employee has been charged with more than 30 counts of child molestation.

Third grade teacher Corey Faith, 41, was taken into custody March 25. He's accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his former students. It started at New Middletown Elementary School in Harrison County more than a decade ago, according to arrest documents.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department said the victim recently told a friend about her relationship with Faith. Her friend encouraged her to come forward about what allegedly happened with her teacher when she was just 12-years-old.

On Monday, 36 charges of molesting a child under the age of 14 were filed against Faith. He pleaded not guilty.

"All of this stems from an alleged relationship that he was having with a 12-year-old student," Otto Schalk, Harrison County Prosecutor, said.

Schalk told us Faith was teaching sixth grade at New Middletown Elementary School during the 2004-2005 school year when he started a sexual relationship with one of his students, having sex with her at his home and even at the school where he taught.

"There were numerous sexual acts, including several that were taking place inside of his classroom," Schalk said. "Now these acts are alleged to have occurred back between 2005 and 2007."

Nicholas Smith with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department said they acted quickly once the victim came forward about the relationship with Faith, who taught at the elementary school until his arrest.

The victim has since moved to Florida, investigators said. They traveled down to interview her about the allegations against Faith.

"This is a heartbreaking experience for everyone involved, both the victim's family and the suspect's family," Nicholas Smith, detective lieutenant with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, said.

In the probable cause affidavit, the victim said she and Faith had intercourse in her bed so many times, she stopped counting.

Court documents show a recorded conversation between the victim and Faith where she asked him, "You had sex with me because you loved me...even though I was 12-13....you still loved me?" Faith answered, "yeah."

Investigators said right now they believe this student is the only victim, but if there are others out there they're asked to contact police immediately.

"We have no reason to believe-- and there's no other victims that have said anything has occurred," Smith told us. "We have the school's full support with the investigation and we encourage anyone who has information to call us."

Faith is currently being held on a $250,000 cash only bond. He's not allowed contact with any child under the age of 18.

Each one of the 36 child molestation charges Faith faces carries a possible prison sentence of 20 to 50 years. A July trial date has been set.

The South Harrison Community School Corporation said they've started the termination process for Faith, who was teaching third grade at New Middletown Elementary until his arrest. Faith has been employed at the school district since 2002.

The district released the following statement on Facebook on Monday afternoon:

"This morning South Harrison Community School Corporation officials delivered notice of intent to cancel the teaching contract of Mr. Corey Faith. It is the intent of SHCSC to pursue his dismissal.

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