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NOBLESVILLE, Ind.– A former high school teacher in Noblesville is facing charges in connection to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a former student.

Nicholas McKinney, 35, was a health teacher at the school. The board accepted his resignation on Tuesday.

He faces one count of criminal deviate conduct and two counts of child seduction.

According to a statement from Noblesville Schools, the alleged relationship took place in 2012, when the student attended the high school. Police say their investigation is focused on an incident that occurred in the 6200 block of Burlington Avenue in mid-2012.

Once they were informed of the allegations on August 2, school officials notified police.

“The employee in question was immediately removed from contact with students and is no longer employed with Noblesville Schools,” the school system said in a statement.

McKinney was taken into custody Wednesday just after 7 p.m.

Noblesville Schools issued this statement:

The Noblesville Police Department (NPD) has notified us that Mr. Nick McKinney has been arrested regarding a 2012 incident involving inappropriate conduct with a former Noblesville High School student. Mr. McKinney was a health teacher at Noblesville High School and as of August 4, 2016 is no longer employed with Noblesville Schools.

As noted in our prior statement, we immediately notified NPD when we became aware of this issue, removed Mr. McKinney from contact with students and worked aggressively with NPD on their investigation.

Student safety is our most important focus and we want you to know what we have done to further our efforts in this area. Last year we brought in outside experts to provide Stewards of Children training which focuses on child sexual abuse and learning how to identify “red flag” behaviors between sexual predators and victims. All Noblesville Schools’ teachers and staff members have now completed this training.

We encourage parents to discuss with their children appropriate adult behavior and to ask children to notify you and the school administration immediately should they see any signs of inappropriate behavior between a staff member and a student. Our school counselors are available as a resource for students or parents who feel they need support regarding this issue.

We have zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior of this nature. It is hurtful to student victims and our community, and detracts from the outstanding, respectable educators we have at Noblesville Schools. We will continue our internal focus on this issue, as nothing is more important than keeping our students safe.