Former Royal Oak teacher charged with indecent exposure

By: Sarah Wojcik, Terry Oparka | C&G Newspapers | Published September 5, 2018

 Timothy Jankowiak

Timothy Jankowiak

A former Royal Oak Middle School teacher faces a charge of aggravated indecent exposure.

Berkley resident Timothy Jankowiak, 49, taught at Royal Oak Middle School and coached high school tennis, according to a statement from Royal Oak School District Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick.  

He was arraigned in 52-4 District Court Sept. 2.

The attorney who represented him at his arraignment, Raymond Correll, said he had no comment.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that a 35-year-old man had reported to police that while he was showering at the LA Fitness at 710 E. Big Beaver at 8 a.m. Aug. 21, a nude man watched him and masturbated.

The victim followed man and confronted him in front of a witness. The suspect then fled the area, Lehman said.

The man said the same thing had happened before, but he couldn’t identify the suspect, Lehman said.

Before this alleged incident, someone reportedly had torn down shower curtains from some of the stalls at the health club, Lehman said.

Representatives from LA Fitness could not be reached for comment.

The Troy police Detective Bureau investigated the case, obtained an arrest warrant and arrested Jankowiak at his home eight days later, she said.

According to Fitzpatrick’s statement, “Last April, the former teacher resigned from Royal Oak Schools while the district was investigating a parent report that the teacher had been inappropriately sending text messages to a student. Royal Oak police and Child Protective Services were contacted during this investigation, and the teacher was immediately removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave.”

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said police learned in their investigation that Jankowiak was texting a student and that the student’s parent and the school were concerned.

Lt. Keith Spencer, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said Jankowiak texted the student outside of school and contacted the student’s parents about staying in contact with the student over the summer.

“They notified us, but nothing rose to the level of criminal,” O’Donohue said. “The school moved to take action, and that was when he resigned.”

Lehman said Jankowiak told police he had a teaching job in Battle Creek.

His probable cause hearing is set for Sept. 11.