IPS employee arrested, accused of child seduction

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2016) – An Indianapolis Public Schools counselor faces child seduction charges.

Shana Taylor, 37, was booked into the Marion County Jail Thursday on four counts of child seduction, according to jail records. Taylor was hired in March 2015 as a counselor at the Positive Supports Academy, which serves students in grades 6-12 who have social or behavioral difficulties in a traditional classroom setting.

IPS released the following statement about the arrest:

"Indianapolis Public Schools has zero-tolerance when it comes to inappropriate employee behaviors. Immediately upon learning of the alleged misconduct between an employee and student, administrators swiftly launched an internal investigation and instantly took steps to ensure the accused had no further contact with students. Our team is cooperating fully in the active external investigation of this situation. The safety of our students is paramount. This is not a situation we take lightly, and our administration is working diligently to take the strongest possible action to ensure our schools are safe places for students."

IMPD officials say they received a DCS report detailing a relationship between Taylor and an underage student. That, coupled with additional evidence, IMPD officials say was enough to file preliminary charges and make an arrest.

IMPD has not released the nature of the allegations and is keeping that DCS report confidential.

More will be known on Monday when formal charges will be filed by the Marion County Prosecutor.

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