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Teacher Charged with Sex Crimes

(La Porte, IN) - A former La Porte High School teacher and swim coach is charged with sex offenses against a teenage girl.


John Doty, 35, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with two counts of Rape and one county Attempted Rape, all level 3 felonies, and six counts of Child Seduction, all level 5 felonies.


According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began in early January when information was collected from the alleged female victim and her guardians. Evidence compiled over the next several weeks was presented to Judge Tom Alevizos, who ruled the findings sufficient for Doty to answer the charges.


Doty of 110 Patton Street in La Porte turned himself in earlier today, police said. He was held in the La Porte County Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond pending his initial court hearing.


Police did not release further details about the case.


Doty was a biology teacher at La Porte High School for close to 10-years until taking a science teaching position at a school in South Bend in February of 2021, according to Doty’s LinkedIn page.

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