Charlestown Middle School teacher facing charges


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 8:28 AM

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A middle school teacher is on paid leave after being arrested on school grounds on Friday.

Officers with the Charlestown Police Department arrested Kevin Dale Hennegan, 56, at the Charlestown Middle School where he is a teacher.

According to officials with Greater Clark County Schools, Hennegan is An 8th grade social studies teacher and has been employed with the district since 1990.

Parents and former students were shocked to learn of Hennegan’s arrest.

"It just surprised me. He doesn't seem like the type of teacher or person to be doing stuff like that," said one of his former students, Delaney Smith.

According to partners and former students, Hennegan is well liked and respected. Hennegan has taught Theresa Tompach's daughters; she says she is upset he had drugs on school property.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Andrew Melin stated, "The Charlestown Police Department is overseeing the investigation and I do not have all of the details of the arrest at this time. Mr. Hennegan also has been suspended with pay pending an administrative investigation into this very serious situation. Greater Clark County Schools is currently on winter break and our investigation is limited in nature until classes resume on January 7, 2013."

According to Greater Clark County school officials, there is no indication that students were involved in this matter.

Hennegan is facing charges of maintaining a common nuisance, class D felony, possession of marijuana, class A misdemeanor and possession of paraphernalia, class A misdemeanor.

The case is still under investigation.