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Wells teacher quits; criminal count filed

A criminal case was opened Tuesday against a Bluffton High School teacher amid allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student, authorities said.

Math teacher Joshua L. Clark, 39, of the 1900 block of Huffman Boulevard in Fort Wayne, tendered his resignation Friday after the allegations came to the attention of administrators, according to a statement from Wayne Barker, superintendent of Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District.

The district’s school board accepted Clark’s resignation Monday.

Indiana court records show that a felony count of child seduction was filed against Clark on Tuesday.

A dispatcher with the Wells County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that Clark was not listed as an inmate.

Court records showed that a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was hired in 2011 as a math teacher.

When the high school principal, Steve Baker, learned of the allegations against Clark, Baker took the information to the superintendent, who said he then called police.

Information about the criminal side of the investigation could not be obtained Wednesday afternoon, and Barker said he could not elaborate on it.

“I am not at liberty to discuss the details of the police investigation,” he said in a written statement.

cmeyers@jg.net

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