UPDATE: Knox HS teacher charged with Attempted Child Seduction

A Knox physical education teacher has been charged after he allegedly tried to get physical with his own student.

Robert “Ryan” Corbin, 27, a first-year teacher at Knox High School, is now facing two counts of Attempted Child Seduction, a Class D Felony.

NewsCenter 16 obtained the probable cause affidavit which outlined a short yet intense two-week-long cyber relationship between Corbin and a sixteen-year-old girl at Knox High School.

Police say Corbin interacted with the sophomore via dozens of Facebook messages; a private communication chain that has now become a public concern across Starke County and beyond.

After meeting the girl in mid-March, Corbin wrote her a message saying, “sorry no students as fb friends.” According to court documents, the student wrote Corbin back and began a friendly dialogue that quickly turned sexual.

Investigators say within days, Corbin requested "kiss, butt and breast" photos of the girl who complied, sending the pictures from the confines of her Knox home.

However, police say things intensified when Corbin asked the sixteen-year-old to sneak out of her home because he was “turned-on” and he wanted her to quote, "physically take care of it."

Knox Community Schools Superintendent AJ Gappa told NewsCenter 16, this marks the first case of its kind in the three years he's been with the district.

Following Corbin’s weekend arrest, Knox's seven-member school board unanimously voted Monday night to place the 27-year-old, who also serves as the boys and girls varsity swim coach, on paid suspension pending an ongoing investigation.

According to charging documents, Corbin has made the case a lot easier to prosecute after bluntly telling detectives he was sexually aroused and longed to use the underage student as quote, "something to work with.” Yet he and the female high school student say they never acted on their physical intentions.

On Monday, Corbin posted his $15,000 bond at the Starke County Jail. His first court appearance will be next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in front of Magistrate Jeanene Calabrese. It is there that he'll either plead guilty or not guilty.

Police say they were tipped-off about this crime by the victim's aunt who happened upon her niece’s Facebook account. It was there that she found all 62-pages of sexually-charged messages and notified the girl’s father, who called the Knox Police Department.

If you'd like to read the entire probable cause affidavit and police report for yourself, just click on the document attached to this story.

UPDATE: As of Wednesday, Corbin had hired attorney Nicholas Otis of of LaPorte-based Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones LLP to represent him.

In a written media release, Otis said, "Established Indiana law does not support the charges of Attempted Child Seduction against Mr. Corbin. There is no evidence that Mr. Corbin was in the physical presence or immediate vicinity of the alleged victim when the alleged statements were made. Mr. Corbin looks forward to his day in court."


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