Special education teacher arrested for indecency

Timothy Garth GriderByron Center, Michigan  -  A special education teacher at West Middle School has been arrested and charged with gross indecency.  Timothy Garth Grider, 44, of Alto, was taken into custody on Wednesday at about 3:45 pm in Grand Rapids.

Grider was observed picking up a 21-year-old woman from a neighborhood known for prostitution.  Vice officers were working a routine detail when Grider picked up the woman and drove away.  After following the vehicle, officers observed the incident.

“They followed the vehicle and basically walked up and observed gross indecency occurring,” said Capt. Jeff Hertel of the Grand Rapids police department.

Grider has been released on a personal recognizance bond and placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the school district.

More information about the case.

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