Hanover teacher 'fired for immorality'

2013-10-23T13:45:00Z 2013-10-24T12:58:06Z Hanover teacher 'fired for immorality'Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Community School Corp.'s Board of Trustees has fired a chemistry teacher who has been charged with taking students to a Hammond strip club and allowed them to drink at his home.

Hanover Superintendent Tom Taylor said the board terminated the contract of Travis Lechien, 31, of Crown Point, on Tuesday night. It is effective immediately.

"He was terminated for immorality. We will send him a letter through our attorney," Taylor said.

Lechien has been charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly taking students to a strip club and giving them alcoholic beverages at his home. Lechien was suspended with pay Sept. 10 following school administrator's investigation of the incident.

Charges were filed Oct. 7. Lechien is scheduled for an initial hearing Nov. 19. He is represented by Merrillville attorney Richard Wolter.

While Taylor said he has not received any calls or complaints from parents, he hopes parents and the community understand the board acted as swiftly as possible with "student safety" in mind.

None of the students involved has been reprimanded or punished, Taylor said.

"I think the issue here is with the adult involved," he said.

In addition to teaching chemistry at Hanover Central High School for nine years, Lechien also was the head boys volleyball coach and he sponsored several after-school student activities.

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