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Lebanon schools fire band teacher charged with child solicitation

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:12:41-05

LEBANON — A band teacher at Lebanon High School has been terminated by the school district after he was charged with child solicitation.

The Lebanon schools Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously approved canceling the teaching and extra-curricular contracts of Brian J. Boyer, 39, effective immediately. Boyer had been employed as a band teacher since July 2019.

Lebanon police said they arrested Boyer on Jan. 15 after receiving a call that two people at the administration building wanted to file a complaint on a teacher at the school. The individuals reported they were at the school posing as an underage girl, and said Boyer had inappropriate conversations with them through an app.

The district on Friday reported that Boyer was placed on administrative leave approximately 17 minutes after high school administrators received a call that unknown individuals were interviewing Boyer on school property.

During the leave, Boyer was notified of the administration's preliminary recommendation to cancel his contracts. Under Indiana law, a teacher has the right to request a conference with the superintendent not later than five days after receiving such a notice. Boyer did not request a conference.

According to court records, Boyer is facing one level 5 felony charge of child solicitation in Boone Superior Court. A trial has been set for July.

"District administrators reiterate that there was no indication of inappropriate behavior consistent with these allegations prior to the events on Friday, January 15," the district said in a statement. "In partnership with Sylvia's Place, students are educated on child abuse and sexual abuse annually. Employees receive regular training in best practices in student and school safety. Support services will continue to be available through our school counselors and mental health partners."