Former CHS Secretary Charged with Sending Inappropriate Photos to Teens

By Joe LaRue
A former Crawfordsville High School secretary and teacher aide, Sarah Ewoldt, has been charged with 11 counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors and one count of attempt to commit child seduction for allegedly sending sexually charged photos to male CHS students.

A probable cause affidavit given to The Paper details how Ewoldt had extensive contact with at least four CHS students, one an adult. Over the course of their conversations, which took place on snapchat, she sent numerous revealing photographs and suggestive messages, including some involving her nude or engaged in sexual acts.

One of the students said he knew her from when she had previously worked as a librarian at CHS. Crawfordsville police retrieved 25 images from the phone of one of the boys, and an unknown number of similar photos from the other.

After obtaining a warrant for snapchat records of the conversations between Ewoldt and the students, detectives from CPD confronted Ewoldt with the photographs. According to the affidavit, after initially claiming that the conversations were benign in nature, Ewoldt admitted to sending the photos and claimed she was a “flirt” who “craved attention” and “validation.”

Ewoldt, per the affidavit, later contacted a third student and attempted to convince him to delete the photos and “not tell anyone” about their conversations.

In a statement given to The Paper, Crawfordsville Community School Corporation Superintendent Scott Bowling said, “Working in conjunction with the Crawfordsville Police Department, Crawfordsville School Corporation was notified in February that Sarah Ewoldt, a secretary for the school corporation, was the subject of a criminal investigation that involved a student at Crawfordsville High School. Upon receiving this notification, Ms. Ewoldt was immediately removed from contact with students pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Our investigation concluded in February.  Ms. Ewoldt was immediately terminated as a result of this investigation.  She is no longer employed with Crawfordsville schools.”

Ewoldt was booked into Montgomery County Jail at 10:22 p.m. on Tuesday, where she immediately posted $2,000 bail. The initial hearing for her case is scheduled for June 13th in the Montgomery County Superior Court at 9:30 a.m.