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Former Elwood High School teacher pleads guilty in child seduction case

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 17:09:29-04

MADISON COUNTY— A former teacher at Elwood High School has pleaded guilty to child seduction and official misconduct after engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in the fall of 2019.

Erin Orban reached a plea agreement Thursday with Madison County prosecutors in which she pleaded guilty to the two felony charges.

She faces up to three years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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Erin Orban, 24, a former teacher at Elwood High School, was arrested and charged with child solicitation and official misconduct.

Orban’s teaching license with the state of Indiana is still listed as “valid” however, the Indiana Department of Education is expected to take action against her license once the criminal case concludes.

WRTV Investigates left a message for her attorney and we are still waiting to hear back.

As part of its investigation, police spoke with numerous students and faculty who suspected an inappropriate relationship between the two, according to court documents filed on March 25,

When interviewed by police, the 17-year-old said they and Orban had sexual relations on four different occasions in fall 2019, including at their Lapel residence and a hotel in Fishers.

The relationship between the two began on Snapchat, according to court documents.

At first, Orban would talk to the teen about how her husband “treats her bad” and Orban told the student he was cute.

Elwood Police were able to obtain records confirming a Fishers hotel was booked in Orban’s name on Oct. 26, 2019 and checking out on Oct. 27, 2019.

On March 10, WRTV Investigates reported a staff member at Elwood Junior-Senior High School was terminated.

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On Feb. 17, Elwood Community School Corporation administration was informed of a tip Indiana State Police received concerning an allegation involving a school employee, superintendent Dr. Joe Brown said.

Brown said the employee was placed on administrative leave pending district and law enforcement investigations.

Elwood Police Department Chief Jason Brizendine said police received information about a former staff member at the school regarding alleged misconduct with a student.

Elwood schools conducted an internal investigation and the school board terminated the employee on Feb. 27.

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