INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis Public Schools counselor faces ten felony charges in a child seduction case, accused of having sex with two students.
37-year-old Shana Taylor was formally charged Wednesday. Court documents state that Taylor was in a months-long sexual relationship with an underage student beginning in October 2015.
The student, sixteen years old at the time of the first encounter, told police he and Taylor, his high school guidance counselor at Longfellow Alternative School, first had sex in his home while she was on break from work. According to the student, he and Taylor smoked marijuana that day.
The relationship continued into February of 2016. The student said that they also performed sexual acts at her residence in Greenwood, in her car, in a hotel in Bloomington and also in her office at the school. He said she would cover the window on her office door.
According to the student, Taylor was also having sexual relationships with two other students on school property.
According to court documents, Taylor once engaged in group sex with the victim and another underage male student who also sixteen years old at the time of the encounter. Taylor allegedly told them not to tell anyone so that she would not lose her job.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IPS became aware of the situation on Feb. 17 when a parent said she found text and Facebook messages between Taylor and her son, including nude photos of Taylor. However, IMPD detectives said that the Department of Child Services was not notified until Feb. 23. That date is when IMPD was notified by DCS. Investigators said Taylor was put on administrative leave in the interim.
After learning that Taylor was staying in Ellettsville, IMPD officers went to Ellettsville on Feb. 26 to arrest Taylor. Court documents state that Taylor was “uncooperative with instructions” and transported to the Ellettsville Police Department.
In total, Taylor faces nine felony counts of child seduction, a felony charge of dissemination of matter harmful to minors and a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
24-Hour News 8 spoke with one IPS parent who is horrified to learn about the alleged behavior.
“They ask to go to school for an education, not for the teachers and the counselors and whoever else to put their hands on them,” Marilyn Griffin said.
Griffin’s daughter is the same age as the student involved in the case.
“I would be totally devastated if that would happen to my child,” she said, “Our children have a whole life to live and for you to give them something that’s detrimental before they can even start life, to me, that’s so cruel.”
According to IPS, Taylor has been recommended for termination. On Tuesday, IPS released a statement, saying in part:
The Board and administration take this matter very seriously. These allegations are indeed unsettling, yet we believe this matter does not reflect the integrity of our talented educators. While we worked to immediately protect our students, this issue provides an opportunity for us to remind employees of protocols and expectations.
We know it is an honor that our parents entrust their children to us; and we want them to know that we will do everything within our means to ensure the safety of our students.”