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Former Dearborn County choir director is back in jail

Stacey Johnson (Source: Dearborn County Jail) Stacey Johnson (Source: Dearborn County Jail)

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GREENDALE, IN (FOX19) - A former Dearborn County choir director who is accused of seducing a teenage girl is back behind bars on new charges.

Stacey Johnson was jailed back in October on four counts of child seduction. He made bail but prosecutors said in less than eight weeks out of the slammer, he's accused of sending love notes to the girl on Facebook, which is a direct violation of his bail.

Johnson was re-arrested nine days before Christmas. Prosecutors said he violated the "no contact" rule of his bail, by sending notes back and forth with the teenage girl he's accused of seducing.

This latest charge is invasion of privacy. Prosecutors said at Johnson's pre-trial hearing that he claimed he was just posting random notes on Facebook and that he had no idea the girl would read and respond to them.

The girl's parents called the police.

"I would like to state that this is no longer a school-related matter," said Superintendent Karl Galey.

At this point, Johnson's former position as choir director at Greendale Middle School has been filled and Galey is happy to move on.

The Superintendent said as soon as Johnson learned the accusations were going to be made public, he promptly resigned. That prompted Galey to issue a statement to all teachers back in October.

"We do have a policy and it's located on our website," Galey said. "It's policy number 3213."

It addresses specifically student supervision and their welfare while under a teacher's watch.

"And we just wanted to remind all staff about the appropriate relations and the interactions with students," Galey said.

Johnson met the girl doing a summer community theater production, where he mentored her and they became close. Prosecutors said inappropriately close.

"We do want to build relations with our students to be able to have that bond with them," Galey said. "So that we do encourage them to be able to be open with us as well, when there are situations that need to reported and investigated too, so, and also to be able to have those bonds to encourage and nurture that development in their social, emotional and academic areas."

Johnson will be back in court twice for pre-trial hearings later this month. Each of those four felony counts of child seduction carries six months to three years in jail.

It could mean a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison and up to $40,000.

No trial dates have been set. Johnson remains in the Dearborn County Detention Center without bail. 

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