Accused child sex offender wants change of venue

A former Lafayette elementary school teacher accused of sex crimes against children is asking to move his trial out of Tippecanoe County.

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 10:51 AM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 3:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — According to his motion to change venue, Joseph Kimerer, 47, believes he won't receive a fair trial in Tippecanoe County.

Related: Fired Earhart teacher faces two more charges

The fired Amelia Earhart Elementary School teacher credits hostility from the public, outrage over the offense, prejudicial news reporting, speculative opinions, and disclosures of inadmissable evidence or misstated facts.

A hearing on this matter is scheduled for June 1.

He faces 21 criminal charges related to sex crimes against children including information of vicarious sexual gratification, child solicitation, and child exploitation. 

According to the allegations, Kimerer instructed several boys, as young as nine at the time, to masturbate and bring
him measurements of their genitalia.


With his trial set for July, Kimerer is currently out on bond

Court records also show his wife has filed for divorce.

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