Marion County - An Indianapolis elementary school teacher faces charges after he allegedly targeted another teacher. Investigators say it's a "bizarre" case of an affair gone wrong.
Harsh words were spray-painted on the mailbox, car and garage of a Johnson County home where an Indianapolis elementary school teacher lives. The vandalism is not the work of students. Instead, it's the mark of what police describe as a disturbed individual.
"It's rather bizarre, to be quite honest," said Johnson County Sheriff Terry McLaughlin.
Monday, at Homecroft Elementary School on the south side, police arrested 41-year-old Timothy Nance, a fourth grade teacher and 15-year employee of Perry Township schools. Nance is the man police say vandalized the home, targeting a woman he claimed to love.
"They had an affair, according to the victim," said McLaughlin.
According to police reports, that woman - a first grade teacher at the same school - admitted to having an affair with Nance from January to March 2008. It was after she reconciled with her husband that the problems began. They say their home was vandalized three times in the last month.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the problems continued at the school where both taught. Nance is accused of harassing his victim, bumping her in the hallway and even stealing things from her classroom.
One of the items missing was a hall pass which was found at the base of the garage, tipping police not only to their suspect but his frame of mind.
"This was a grave concern for everybody," said McLaughlin.
Nance told police he "did not intend to harm her or her family" and that he only wanted her to leave the school.
As for school officials, "I've been asked not to make any comment at all," said Thomas Wade, school principal.
Nance now faces charges, keeping him out of the classroom until a court considers his fate.
The Johnson County prosecutor told Eyewitness News he'll likely charge Nance with criminal mischief and misdemeanor harassment. A restraining order will also likely be filed against Nance. The Perry Township Schools superintendent says Nance is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.