LEBANON — A Boone County prosecutor has formally charged a former Twin Lakes High School band teacher with child solicitation after he allegedly set up a meeting for sex with a person he believed was a 14-year-old girl.
Brian J. Boyer, 39, of West Lafayette, was taken into custody Jan. 15 when police responded to an attempted child solicitation complaint at Lebanon High School, where Boyer has been a high school band teacher/director since July 2019.
According to online jail records, Boyer was held during the weekend without bond at the Boone County Jail on one count of child solicitation, a Level 4 felony that carries a possible prison sentence of between two and 12 years.
Boone County Prosecutor Kent Eastwood filed the charges Jan. 19.
Boyer, who is more commonly known as Joe Boyer or Joey Boyer, had been assistant director and director of the Twin Lakes High School Marching Band for a combined 16½ years until June 2019 when he took a similar job in Lebanon. He led the Spirit of Twin Lakes band to numerous local, regional and state band accolades and, in May 2019, led SOTL in a joint performance with the University of Notre Dame Concert Band inside the TLHS auditorium.
In a press release issued Jan. 15, Lebanon Community School Corporation officials say they are aware of the charges filed against Boyer and immediately placed him on administrative leave.
Lebanon school officials said “the events that precede these charges did not involve any students at Lebanon Community School Corporation, and at this time, administrators have not received any report of misconduct involving our students. We will continue to investigate and fully cooperate with local law enforcement.”
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Herald Journal early Jan. 19, Lebanon police responded to Lebanon High School, where they met with two people who identified themselves as Eric Schmutte and Shanda Nolley, members of Predator Catchers of Indiana, or PCI, a group that engages with people they suspect of being “child predators,” converse with them and post videos of their interactions.
PCI members pretend to be juveniles and document their online conversations with people they believe to be soliciting minors.
Schmutte and Nolley met Jan. 15 with Boyer at Lebanon High School and engaged in a nearly 18-minute, expletive-filled Facebook Live video before going to school officials, who then called police.
At one point in the video, Schmutte rehashes, in sexually explicit detail, what Boyer allegedly wrote to Nolley, posing as a 14-year-old girl. The pair repeatedly grill him for the next several minutes before Boyer is seen walking back toward the school to meet other school officials.
Schmutte and Nolley told police they arrived at Lebanon High School to confront Boyer, who they identified as allegedly trying to solicit them for sex at Lebanon High School via Kik, an instant messaging mobile app that uses smartphone technology to transmit and receive messages, photos, videos, sketches, mobile web pages and other content after users register a username.
According to the probable cause affidavit, detectives obtained a transcript of the graphic conversation between “Alias I” — a person who identified as being a 14-year-old girl — and Boyer, who called himself “Alex Ward” on the Kik app.
Court documents state the conversation between Boyer and Alias I began around 7:21 p.m. Jan. 14, while Boyer was at his West Lafayette home, and continued early Jan. 15 while Boyer was teaching class at Lebanon High School.
The conversation on Jan. 14, documents state, consist of Boyer saying “hello,” then “ASL,” an abbreviation/slang term asking for a person’s age, sex and location, to which Alias I responds, “14, F, Muncie.”
After an exchange of photos — both depicting clothed people —Boyer identifies himself as a teacher in the fine arts. He then states, according to court documents, that Alias I could meet him at Lebanon High School by entering through a back door “like every other student.”
After Boyer sends, according to documents, a sexually explicit message to Alias I, they agree to meet at the high school the next morning (Jan. 15) while school is in session. Boyer gives instructions on how to enter the school and for Alias I to knock on a door named “storage D006” and “I will let you in.” Boyer then tells Alias I to “just act like you are one of my former students, if anyone asks.”
According to the probable cause affidavit, detectives also obtained documentation from PCI showing Boyer also communicated on Jan. 14 with two other females who he thought to be 13 and 15 years old, respectively. Those conversations, also with undercover PCI members, took place via the Kik app and began similarly to the conversation with Alias I.
According to documents, Boyer asks the 13-year-old, identified as Victim 2, “Any sexual activity?” Victim 2 responds, “nothing at all yet, kissed,” to which Boyer replies, “Surely you’ve had some fantasies.”
“Not really. Kind of sheltered,” Victim 2 states, to which Boyer responds, “Hmmm. Perhaps then we could start with kissing and then see where else our lips migrate to.” Boyer then follows with a sexually explicit description of what he purportedly would like to do with her, according to documents.
Boyer asks the 15-year-old, referred to in court documents as Victim 3, if “You ever find any of your HS teachers attractive?” followed by “HS girls are so hot” and “You know what would also be hot? You sneaking to my school and crawling under my desk.”
According to the affidavit, Victim 3 asks Boyer if that scenario has ever happened to him, to which he replies, “Nope. Never done it, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I bet your mouth would love my (expletive).” Later, the documents state Boyer told Victim 3, “Something tells me you’de [sic] love being double penetrated. … Or if you’re adventurous-two [sic] guys at a time.”
Boyer is being represented by attorney James E. Blakenship, of Blankenship Law LLC, of Carmel.