Grosse Ile Township teacher charged with indecent exposure

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

A Grosse Ile Township school teacher has been charged Tuesday in connection with an incident of indecent exposure, prosecutors said.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Christopher Metzger, 37, of Trenton, with one count of aggravated indecent exposure and one count of disorderly person - obscene conduct.

Prosecutors said the incident occurred at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 when Metzger was allegedly in his car at Commerce Park at Hornet Avenue near Fourth Street in Grosse Ile.

Grosse Ile Township Police Department

At that time, youth were practicing sports nearby in the park, prosecutors said. 

A parent told police he walked by Metzger’s car and he saw Metzger allegedly "engaging in lewd behavior." The incident was reported to authorities and Metzger was arrested.

Charges come after Grosse Ile Township Schools suspended Metzger and banned him from school property and events a week after the incident. He was also banned from contact with anyone affiliated with the district, the district announced in a letter to parents at the time.

Superintendent Joanne Lelekatch wrote in the letter that "if substantiated, this behavior is inappropriate," but that the district was asked to put its own investigation into the matter on hold as police investigate. 

"Given the seriousness" of the behavior alleged, the teacher was placed on leave, Lelekatch wrote.

About 1,800 students are enrolled in Grosse Ile schools, according to Michigan School Data.

Metzger is expected to be arraigned in 33rd District Court in Woodhaven at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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