A longtime Indiana teacher and coach is being accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old student.
The female student tells police the teacher forced her to put her hands down his pants after class.
The teacher, William Drake, 68, has been a teacher and coach at Hagerstown High School for 40 years. The school is located in Hagerstown, Indiana just east of Indianapolis.
Drake is facing a Level 5 felony charge of sexual misconduct with a minor for “inappropriate, unwanted sexual contact” with one of his students.
An investigation into Drake began in February of this year when a 14-year-old student at Hagerstown Jr./Sr. High School reported Drake.
The victim said Drake stared at her body, “specifically her butt,” while in class, and would also look up and down her body as she spoke with him. The victim told police he did this with other students as well.
The victim also told police, Drake rubbed his front side on her butt in a sexual manner at the Snowball Dance, and he was “constantly touching” her an appropriate amount prior to the dance.
The principal contacted DCS after hearing the victim’s report.
The DCS caseworker first spoke with the victim at the school, and then she spoke with Drake at the police station on March 11.
On Wednesday, March 20, the victim provided more detailed accusations about Drake during an interview with police.
She said he touched her butt every day when she left his classroom for lunch, and when she tried to rush out of class before he could touch her, he would treat her differently.
She also said during the Snowball Dance, Drake put his hands on her hips and “slowly, but aggressively, pushed his privates onto her butt.”
Sometime at the end of January, Drake told a male student to tell the victim she needed to stay after class. So she did. During this time, the victim said Drake cornered her in his classroom, held her hands to her sides, and sniffed her neck and hair.
She said he whispered to her that “he was ready to finally get her alone and was glad it was this way.”
That’s when she says Drake tried to remove her shirt, and he told her to unbutton her pants.
She said he turned her body around, pushed his body against her back, and tried to take off her pants.
She said he had his pants undone and forced her hands onto his privates, and at the same time, he tried to put his hands inside her underwear.
While this was happening, the phone rang, and it spooked Drake. That’s when she ran out of the classroom to the bathroom. She said she locked herself in a stall and vomited.
Police interviewed the student who relayed the message to the victim about staying late. He said the victim was the last person in the classroom when other students left for lunch. He said he saw the victim enter the lunchroom about 10 minutes later, and she was upset and crying.
He also said he witnessed Drake stare at the victim’s butt and touch it, but he tried to make it look accidental. Other students knew about his behavior too, and they frequently talked about it.
Police spoke with Drake on April 8 at the police station. Police told Drake about the additional allegations made against him, and he said he never touched the victim or any other students. He also said he didn’t remember the victim staying late after class.
There is an active warrant out for his arrest.
The Nettle Creek Schools superintendent says he won’t comment on personnel matters.
A biography on the Nettle Creek Schools website says Drake, who uses his middle name Tom, has been a coach at Hagerstown for 40 years. He has coached football, track, wrestling, and basketball.