Lafayette teacher arrested for alleged child seduction of student

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Police in Lafayette have arrested a teacher for allegedly seducing a female student at Lafayette Jefferson High School.

After an almost 10-month long investigation, Matthew David Smith, 25, is facing a charge of child seduction.

Court documents said police were called on May 9, 2019 with a report that a 16-year-old girl was being inappropriately touched by a man.

The girl told police that Smith stuck his hand under her shirt and fondled her while she was at school.

Matthew David Smith

At the time of the report, Smith was teaching at Lafayette Jeff High School. Smith was hired by the Lafayette School Corporation in August of 2017 as a math teacher at Jeff High School.

Police took the girl’s clothing and sent it to a lab for examination. Police were told that Smith’s DNA was found on the clothing in January.

Smith was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, according to Superintendent Les Huddle.

Huddle told WLFI that now that an arrest has been made, the school will begin their own investigation.

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