INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former math teacher at a northwest
Indiana high school who helped students with their homework and personal
issues persuaded several underage girls to send their nude photos to him
by cellphone, according to federal court documents.
Lilly, of Cedar Lake, was arrested Wednesday on a federal charge of
possessing visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit
conduct. The charge was unsealed in U.S. District Court in Hammond, less
than 20 miles from Chicago.
Associated Press could not reach Lilly for comment Thursday because his
phone number was unlisted. Court documents did not list a defense
Investigators allegedly found hundreds of sexually explicit images on
Lilly's computer, including photos of at least four underage girls from
agent began investigating Lilly, 27, in February after the mother of a
Morton High School student told Hammond police she believed Lilly and
her 17-year-old daughter were having a sexual relationship.
told investigators she had been in Lilly's class last year and exchanged
cellphone numbers with him over the summer. She said Lilly helped her
with math homework and listened to her personal troubles, eventually
becoming one of her best friends. Both she and Lilly said their
relationship was purely platonic, but Lilly told investigators he
thought the girl might have a crush on him, documents said.
One of the
girl's friends told investigators the 17-year-old had confided that she
and Lilly had sex, court documents show. The 17-year-old later told
investigators she had been having sex with Lilly at his home and texting
him nude photos regularly since October 2012. According to the
affidavit, the girl told investigators she had seduced Lilly and was in
love with him.
said investigators who searched Lilly's cellphone and other devices
found photos of at least four other girls between the ages of 16 and 20
posing nude or in sexual positions. The girls said Lilly had a
reputation for flirting with students, and one of the girls told
investigators that she sent Lilly a photo after he asked her to send him
a picture for his birthday. None of the girls felt they had been
coerced, the affidavit said.
court documents, Lilly's former girlfriend told investigators that he
had been Facebook friends with several female middle school students
when they dated.
longer works for the school district. He was disciplined in November for
a related incident that allegedly occurred during lunch hour in his
in federal court Wednesday and a detention hearing was scheduled for