At the first chance, the Lebanon Community School Corporation canceled the contract of a high school music teacher facing charges of child solicitation, a Level 5 felony.
Brian “Joey” Boyer’s teaching and extracurricular contracts were canceled, effective immediately, by a unanimous vote of the school board. Boyer has been arrested and charged with child solicitation by the Boone County Prosecutor’s office. The vote took place in a special meeting Friday afternoon.
Because of state law, the process took two weeks to reach this point.
LCSC Superintendent Jon Milleman said Boyer was immediately put on administrative leave when the complaint was lodged about soliciting a 14-year-old female to come to the high school for a sexual encounter. There was a brief investigation then LHS Principal Kevon O’Rourke made a formal recommendation to cancel the teacher’s contract on Jan. 19. According to law, Boyer could request a meeting with the superintendent within five days.
“In this particular case, there was no request made within the initial five days,” Milleman said. “So after those initial five days passed, we had to give 48 hours notification of a public board meeting.”
Had Boyer requested the meeting, then the superintendent would have been required to make a decision in writing, Milleman said. Then Boyer could’ve requested a meeting with the school board. None of that happened here.
Boyer actually submitted his resignation on Jan. 26, but the board declined to accept it, opting instead for cancellation of his contract.
“That’s in statute as well,” Milleman said. “The board has the authority to accept a letter of resignation or deny a letter of resignation and to make that decision based on what they believe is representative of how they would like to sever employment.
“Obviously, we thought the behavior warranted a recommendation for termination,” Milleman added.
Boyer was confronted by members of a Facebook group called Child Predators of Indianapolis on Jan. 15. Eric Schmutte and Shanda Nolley of Muncie accused Boyer of arranging sex with a 14-year-old female who was actually Nolley as a decoy. Boyer allegedly invited the girl to the high school to have a sexual encounter in the storage room associated with the band room. The entire encounter was captured on Facebook Live.
In the probable cause affidavit filed Jan. 19, Boyer was communicating with the girl on an application called KIK on Jan. 14. Boyer, using the alias “Alex Ward,” is accused of initiating a conversation and then asking for ASL which is slang for age, sex and location. The response was, according to the affidavit, 14, F, Muncie. The two allegedly exchanged fully-clothed photos, then Boyer allegedly texted the girl to come to the high school and come in the back door. Then the conversation turned very sexual, according to a transcript given to Lebanon Police.
The affidavit claims Boyer, who signed a waiver of rights, admitted to police that he knew the girl claimed to be 14. Afterward, Detective Jeff Nelson received the transcripts of two more alleged conversations with females who Boyer was told were ages 13 and 16. In reality, they were two more decoys from the Facebook group. The conversations were also sexually explicit. No additional charges have been filed.
Boyer appeared in court Jan. 22 and was released on his own recognizance. He was hired in July 2019 by LCSC. Before then, Boyer was a music director at Twin Lakes High School in Monticello for 16 years.
Former Lebanon Middle School band director Barb Springer has agreed to come out of retirement to direct the high school band. Springer retired at the end of the 2019 school year. Then high school director Alan Conrad moved to Springer’s position, which prompted the hiring of Boyer.
Milleman, a former band director himself, said many of the students in band now had Springer in middle school.