MOUNT VERNON -- A Mount Vernon Middle School physical education teacher has been arrested and charged with the alleged rape of a 15-year-old student nearly two years ago.
Andrew A. Walsh, 36, was charged Thursday in Mount Vernon Municipal Court with two felonies: rape (first-degree) and sexual battery (third-degree).
According to court documents, he allegedly raped a 15-year-old female student in his office between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, 2018. He then allegedly sexually assaulted the same student while she was babysitting at his Morgan Township home between Sept. 26 and Oct. 31, 2018.
According to Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville, Walsh was arrested Wednesday night and is currently being held at the Knox County Jail. His accuser, now 16, had previously reported her complaints to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
During a recorded interview with law enforcement officials, Walsh's alleged victim provided text messages between the two that showed Walsh apologized for his actions.
Walsh will have a bond hearing Friday at 11 a.m. for both charges. The case will be presented to a grand jury later this month, McConville said.
While McConville declined to discuss the nature of the evidence, he noted that the accusations came to the attention of local law enforcement not through the accuser directly, but "from an intermediary." He declined to comment on whether or not the intermediary was associated with the school district.
Walsh has been a physical education teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School for the last nine years, according to the school district's website. He recently completed his 13th year of teaching. He received his bachelor's degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and his master's degree from Concordia University of Chicago.
Walsh is married and has three children, according to the district's website.
Mount Vernon City Schools Superintendent Bill Seder provided the following statement Thursday regarding the charges against Walsh:
"We are extremely disturbed to hear of the recent allegations against Mr. Andrew Walsh. The district will be working closely with law enforcement and Children Services related to this matter. The district is currently working with legal counsel to determine a course of action. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved during this most difficult time."
Seder told 10TV the district did not know about the allegations against Walsh until this week, when the report was filed with the sheriff's office.