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The North West Hendricks School Corporation has terminated its high school volleyball coach.
The action comes just days after the superintendent of the Central Indiana school district resigned his position, and as law enforcement continues to investigate another coach at the high school for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a female student.
School officials confirmed Friday that Tri-West High School volleyball coach Louie Aguilar was relieved of his position, but did not comment on the reasons for his termination.
Aguilar served only as a coach; he did not teach within the school district.
Tri-West High School (Photo: Doug McSchooler/For IndyStar)
On Tuesday, the school board approved the resignation of Michael Springer, the superintendent of the Central Indiana district. Springer declined to comment further.
Aguilar and Springer’s departures come as the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana Department of Child Services continues to investigate Tri-West football coach and teacher Tyler Bruce, who remains on paid administrative leave.
A tort claim filed on Aug. 6 details a series of inappropriate interactions that Bruce allegedly had with a female student during the 2018-2019 school year.
The family’s lawyer, Jeff Gibson of Wagner Reese, LLP, said Bruce molested and abused the girl, and claims the coach threatened to make her “look bad” if she told anyone.
Bruce has denied the allegations, and he has not been charged with a crime.
The Indiana Department of Education also seeks to revoke Bruce’s teaching licenses. The department stated in a complaint filed Sept. 6 that Bruce “committed acts that involve immorality, misconduct in office, incompetency, and/or willful neglect of duty.”
IndyStar reporters Andrew Clark and Kyle Neddenriep contributed to this report.
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