Douce enters guilty plea


Former NHS teacher pleads guilty to charges of child seduction and invasion of privacy

By Sadie Hunter


On Aug. 6, two days short of the seven-month mark from when charges were filed, Michael Douce, a former assistant choir director at Noblesville Schools, plead guilty to charges—two counts of child seduction and one count of invasion of privacy—filed on Jan. 8.

In total, Douce, 32, Fishers, was charged with 11 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts at the beginning of the year after he was accused of inappropriate relationships with Noblesville High School students between the ages of 16 and 18.

On Dec. 19, the Noblesville Schools district alerted parents and the community via email that a high school teacher had been accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor student, in which the district immediately launched an investigation with the Noblesville Police Department and removed Douce from student contact.

On Dec. 30, the Noblesville Schools Board of Trustees unanimously voted to fire Douce.

A sentencing hearing for Douce will be held at 4:15 p.m., Sept. 3 under Judge Steven R. Nation in Hamilton County Superior Court No. 1, 1 Hamilton County Square, Noblesville.