HAMMOND | A former Crown Point High School teacher denied allegations he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with one of his students, federal court records filed Monday show.
Brett Crutchfield, a former teacher and softball coach at the school, resigned from Crown Point Community School Corp. in May amid allegations of misconduct involving an underage female student. He was investigated by Crown Point police but no criminal charges were filed.
A former student sued Crutchfield and the school district in July, claiming Crutchfield sexually harassed her and flirted with her during classes at school, court records state. The girl was not named in the federal lawsuit because she was a minor at the time the alleged misconduct is said to have occurred.
She accused Crutchfield and the school district of gross negligence, child seduction, battery, assault, false imprisonment and negligent hiring, training and supervision.
The girl said Crutchfield was using a school email account when he admitted he had "feelings" for her and asked personal questions about her relationships and sex life, according to the complaint filed in federal court. They later traded cellphone numbers, and Crutchfield sent her increasingly graphic text messages, the lawsuit alleges.
The girl claims Crutchfield also forcibly kissed her and tried to convince her to come to his house for sex, according to her complaint.
Crutchfield denied any inappropriate conduct with the girl, court records filed Monday show. He admitted in the filings that the girl had been one of his students and said he had been in a classroom alone with her on at least one occasion. But he denied her other allegations.