By Noah Alatza
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Jan. 8 that a former Westfield High School student teacher and interim music educator who had been wanted on charges in the county was in police custody.
On Jan. 5, officials issued an arrest warrant for Tyler Claycomb, Anderson, on a charge of Child Exploitation and Dissemination of Matter Harmful to Minors, a Class D felony in Indiana. The nature of those charges was not immediately available.
According to the HCSO, Claycomb had been arraigned and was in the Hamilton County Jail as of Jan. 8. At time of publication, an initial court hearing had not been set.
Claycomb completed his band and choir placement student teaching at Westfield High School in 2015. At WHS, he worked in the music department as an interim music educator teaching one section of steel pan drumming and three sections of guitar classes on a full time basis between August and September 2015.
According to school records, Claycomb left the district immediately following his interim status in September.
Westfield Washington Schools district spokeswoman Kate Snedeker confirmed Claycomb was employed as a substitute teacher, and passed a mandatory background check.
“Westfield Washington Schools cooperated with authorities in their investigation of Tyler Claycomb, who served as a substitute teacher in the music department at Westfield High School during the 2015-16 school year,” Snedeker wrote in an emailed statement. “At the time of the alleged incident, Mr. Claycomb was employed in a full-time capacity in another school district.”
Snedeker said the district did not identify any issues when Claycomb was hired.
Claycomb worked as a band teacher for Anderson High School from June 2015 to August 2016. Most recently, he served as the assistant and interim director of bands at Warsaw Community Schools in northern Indiana until summer 2017.
Warsaw Community School officials would not elaborate as to why Claycomb left the district last year.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.