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Teacher Travis Lechien Terminated After Allegedly Taking Students To Strip Club

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A high school teacher in Indiana is out of a job and faces time in prison after he allegedly took students to a strip club and served them alcohol at his home.

Travis Lechien faces three Class A misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Records show that the charges were filed Oct. 7, according to NBC Connecticut.

Documents reportedly indicate that the now former chemistry teacher at Hanover Central High School allowed students to drink beer and other alcoholic beverages at his home and took some of them to a strip club to celebrate a student's birthday.

According to information in an affidavit, several students said they often "hung out" at Lechien's house and sometimes drank beer and hard liquor as well as used flavored tobacco from a hookah the students said belonged to the teacher.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that Lechien had been a teacher for 10 years with the Hanover Community School Corp. and was initially suspended without pay back on Sept. 10.

Superintendent Tom Taylor noted that a teacher reported that another teacher had been involved in inappropriate activities with students.

"There were rumors among the students," Superintendent Tom Taylor said. "The administration and a school resource officer made the decision to investigate. A teacher was suspended immediately when we confirmed some of the details of the investigation. We cannot discuss what the teacher did. Our next step is following the legal advice of our attorney."

Lechien is scheduled for an initial hearing in front of a judge on Nov. 19.

Sources: NBC Connecticut, The Times of Northwest Indiana

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