Ex-teacher accused of battery

Police arrested a former Seymour Middle School teacher on charges of residential entry and battery with injury, three months after he was arrested on a charge of child molesting.

The new charges against Aaron D. Murray stem from an incident reported at 8:09 p.m. Wednesday when police responded to a 911 call in the 800 block of Raymon Drive near Kasting Park.

According to police reports, Murray showed up at a residence where his estranged wife was visiting friends and wanted to speak to her.

“She did speak with him at the door, and at some point she wanted to end the discussion,” Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said Thursday. “Mr. Murray then barged in, knocking down the homeowner. They both ended up on the floor, and then Mr. Murray left.”

The man who was knocked down complained of pain in his arm and was seen by ambulance personnel at the scene, Abbott said. He later went to the hospital on his own.

Murray’s wife, Mindy, who filed for divorce on Oct. 2 in Jackson Superior Court II and another woman at the residence were not injured, Abbott said. The couple were married Aug. 16, 1998.

Aaron Murray was later located by police at Royal Auto Sales in Seymour, a business owned by his father.

He was arrested by officers Brandon White and Mike Payne.

Abbott said the residential entry and battery charges are Level 6 felonies, punishable by six months to 2½ years in prison if convicted. He was being held without bond at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on Thursday pending an initial hearing at Jackson Circuit Court.

Murray had been out on bail after posting a $40,000 bond July 25 for three charges of child molesting, fondling or touching a child under the age of 14. Murray was fired by the school board after his arrest on the child molesting charges. He is scheduled to stand trial on those charges at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in Jackson Circuit Court.

Murray is being represented by Seymour attorney Bradley Johnson.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.