UPDATE (Dec. 18, 2018)– Nicholas McKinney pleaded guilty to two counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors and other charges against him were dismissed. He was sentenced to 730 days in jail, with 726 days suspended and 2 days of jail credit.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A former Noblesville teacher has been formally charged with 3 felony counts of child sexual abuse.
Nicholas McKinney, 35, was arrested Wednesday in Hamilton County and transferred to Marion County Jail where he was booked and processed Thursday.
According to the probable cause affidavit released Thursday, McKinney sexually abused two 17-year-old female students in the summer of 2012. In an interview with Noblesville police earlier this month, one of the women recalled that McKinney was her health teacher in 6th grade and she was also assigned to be his student assistant in her senior year in the 2012-13 school year.
Court documents stated the two girls were invited to McKinney’s home when his wife was out of town. He provided them alcohol and all three drank.
The teens spent the night and that’s when they allege McKenney inappropriately touched them. Toby Stark, the executive director of Chaucie’s Place, a non-profit group that works with children, adults and school districts to prevent child sexual abuse here in Central Indiana said McKinney participated in a prevention training seminar put on by Noblesville schools in 2015.
“When 1 in 10 children are sexually abused by their 18th birthday and 90 percent of them are abused by someone they know, love and trust, statically speaking, there are perpetrators among us. Whether we know it or not,” said Stark.
Noblesville Schools say once they learned of the allegations, earlier this month school officials contacted police immediately. McKinney resigned from Noblesville High School, August 4, was arrested Wednesday night and as of Thursday evening was being held on a $500 bond. Last year, former Noblesville High School teacher Michael Douce pleaded guilty to two of child sexual abuse. He`s now serving a 16 year prison sentence.
Following the incident last year, the district brought in Chaucie’s Place for the district-wide training. Noblesville, and Sheridan Schools have completed the training. Carmel Clay and Westfield Washington are in the process. For more information on Chaucie’s Place, click here.