Parents demand answers after Franklin Township teacher molest charges
Update: On Dec. 10, 2013, molestation charges were dropped against teacher Thomas Haydock.
The following is WTHR's original story that aired a day after the charges were brought in July.
A veteran teacher faces charges of molesting a child, and today, parents are asking questions.
Thomas Haydock is charged with four felony counts of child molestation. Detectives say his alleged victim had been helping Haydock prepare his classroom for the coming school year at Mary Adams Elementary in Franklin Township.
Haydock is accused of molesting a boy as young as ten years old, beginning several years ago. That victim has come forward, alleging four counts of molestation.
Haydock was removed from his fourth grade class last April when the school learned of the allegations. The incidents allegedly began five years ago.
But parents are angry they weren't told the reason why Haydock was placed on leave until now - months later.
"As a parent, it's very scary," said Tammie Truman. "You entrust your children to these people for seven or eight hours a day and you don't know. You don't know who you're handing them over to. I would hope that the school system will do a much better job at background checks - he's been a schoolteacher for 25 years. So 25 years ago did we really do the right background checks? And do we do that annually, do we do that semi-annually? How does that work? Who decides? It's scary. I have an 11-year-old daughter. Scares me to death."
School district officials say they followed procedure.
"We notified Child Protective Services right away, put Mr. Haydock on administrative leave right away and then continued to do some investigation. But really, it has taken over through Child Protective Services and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department," said Superintendent Dr. Flora Reichanadter, Franklin Township Schools.
According to court documents, the alleged abuse occurred while Haydock was tutoring the boy after school or during the summer.
"I'm just glad none of my kids had him for a teacher and it wasn't something we had to worry about individually. But I feel bad for the other parents," said Jessica Mittendorf.
When asked about the amount of time it took for allegations to come out, she added, "I'm not surprised because I'm assuming they had to do a thorough investigation so I was glad they investigated thoroughly before they put the information out there for us."
"They have to go to school. Or home school's an option, I guess," said Truman.
Franklin Township Schools posted an update on their website urging parents to take advantage of resources if they have concerns.
The school issued this statement:
"Due to the recent arrest of a Franklin Township teacher, we want to make available parent resources to guide discussions at home. If you have a concern, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Martha Johnson, Asst Superintendent at email@example.com. Mrs. Johnson is available to guide parents toward helpful information and resources.
Chaucie's Place provides a variety of information under the resource tab that parents may wish to consult."