Waraw IN Aug 23 2012 A Warsaw Community School teacher is behind bars following an investigation surrounding an inappropriate relationship between him and a former student.
Warsaw Police say the teacher, 26-year-old Tyler J. Baatz of Warsaw, was arrested after admitting to inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old female, former student.
Baatz said sexual acts occured at his North Parker Street apartment in Warsaw.
A school administrator tells us Baatz is a middle school english teacher at Edgewood Middle School. He is also a coach on the girl’s basketball team.
Warsaw School staff and police received information of the possible inappropriate relationship and launched an investigation earlier this month.
An investigation revealed that Baatz and the 14-year-old student had a relationship since Spring of 2012, continuing into August, which is when police say it turned sexual.
The student was an 8th grader at the time of the relationship, she is now a freshman at Warsaw High School.
Police say initial contact occured because of the student-teacher relationship, but the sexual charges were related to activity at his Warsaw apartment and a second location in Winona Lake, Ind.
Police say the student was a student of Baatz in the past year.
Baatz was arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor and child seduction, both felonies.
Police say the teacher did come to the Warsaw Police Department to discuss the matter and then admitted the relationship. He was consequently booked into the Kosciusko County Jail immediately.
An investigation is ongoing, but at this time, police do not believe any other children were involved in a relationship with Baatz.
Baatz is on paid leave at this time, according to Indiana law