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Fired Earhart teacher faces two more charges

Fired Earhart teacher Joe Kimerer, 46, faces two invasion of privacy charges one week after he was arrested for alleged inappropriate behavior with children.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 10:07 AM
Updated: Mar 16, 2018 10:18 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Fired Amelia Earhart Elementary School teacher Joe Kimerer, 46, faces two invasion of privacy charges one week after he was arrested for alleged inappropriate behavior with children.

Police say Kimerer taught his victims how to look up pornography on their cell phones and asked them to send him pictures of their genitalia. The victims were all boys aged 12 or 13.

In court documents released March 16, Kimerer allegedly left a note on the windshield of a car of the father of two victims.

In the note signed by "Joe" it requests to have a meeting with all involved parties with Kimerer's attorney. Kimerer apologizes saying he "was trying to make the boys stronger and more mature."

In court on Friday, Kimerer requested to leave the state and move in with his parents in Venice, Florida. 

He testified that he did not have enough savings to continue to live in hotel rooms until his jury trial on July 24. Kimerer said under the allegations against him, he doesn't believe he will be able to get hired for work here in Tippecanoe County.

Tippecanoe Magistrate Judge Dan Moore asked Kimerer how he was able to afford a $500,000 bond if he cannot afford to continue living in Tippecanoe County.

Kimerer told the judge his parents bailed him out of jail. They used the last of their savings to do it.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington objected to Kimerer moving out of state. He said if the judge grants it, he would request special conditions. 

Judge Moore asked about those conditions. 

Harrington said he wanted Kimerer to report to Tippecanoe County Probation by phone call once per week. He would not be able to teach or coach in Florida. He would not be allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18. He could not leave the city of Venice, Florida. He would not be allowed on school property and cannot obtain a passport. 

The judge said he would grant those conditions if he decides to allow Kimerer to move to Florida. 

He has taken the motion under advisement. 

Prosecutor Harrington requested an additional $10,000 bond for the two invasion of privacy charges but Judge Moore denied it. 

Therefore, Kimerer remains out on bond.

On Thursday, Superintendent Les Huddle said Joe Kimerer never responded to the move to break his contract. The board was able to finalize his termination at noon Thursday, without opposition.

Kimerer was banned from school property on Feb. 27, after a victim's parent went to police. However, he was not arrested or identified until March 9.

Kimerer had been teaching fourth grade at the school for 18 years, after graduating from Purdue in 1999.

Along with the two invasion of privacy charges filed Friday, Kimerer faces 13 felony charges including vicarious sexual gratification (Level 4 Felony), child exploitation with intent to satisfy sex desires (Level 5 Felony), child solicitation (Level 5 Felony) and inappropriate communication with a child.

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