Lafayette 4th Grade Teacher Fired After Being Accused of Sexually Exploiting Children
LAFAYETTE, Ind.- An Indiana elementary school teacher has been fired following his arrest on child exploitation and other charges.
Joseph Kimerer Jr. is facing 13 counts of child exploitation, solicitation, and other sex-related charges. The claims against the 46-year-old teacher at Amelia Earhart Elementary date back to 2014, police said, and there may be more victims.
According to the Lafayette Police Department, investigators were first made aware of reports of suspicious activity involving Kimerer on Feb. 27. A police investigation reportedly turned up evidence of multiple male victims ranging in ages from 12-13 years old. Many of the incidents, according to police, occurred inside the school during school hours.
Investigators say Kimerer's victims were young boys to whom he was giving baseball pitching lessons. Kimerer is accused of asking the boys to perform sex acts on themselves and to send him pictures of their genitalia.
The vote to terminate Kimerer's contract was unanimous.
Kimerer and his wife have two young children.