Belle Meade teacher headed to court on sex charges

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:45pm
Louis Levine

Louis J. Levine, the former science teacher from Belle Meade accused of plying teens with drugs and alcohol and secretly filming them having sex, will be in Davidson County Criminal Court on Wednesday.

The 53-year-old is scheduled to attend a discussion hearing before Judge Mark Fishburn in preparation for his trial on myriad sex-related charges.

In April, Levine was arrested on federal and state charges related to what police say was a decades-long pattern of behavior that involved the educator's students.

When authorities raided his home on March 31, detectives said they found an interior room — complete with a waterbed enclosed in a wooden box — set up as an “isolation chamber” where police say Levine would videotape students having sex without their knowledge.

The alleged incidents are believed to have occurred over three decades.

Several adults who were teenagers during the ’70s and '80s told police similar stories of drugs and sex at Levine's home, police said.

Detectives said they confiscated 400 homemade videotapes from the residence.

At the time of his arrest, Levine was working as a first-year teacher in the Murfreesboro City School System. He previously had worked as a substitute teacher for Metro Nashville Public Schools, and as an instructor at Grassmere Wildlife Park and the Cumberland Science Museum, now the Adventure Science Center.

In Davidson County, Levine faces 18 charges, including sexual battery, aggravated exploitation of a minor and displaying sex acts to a minor. Federal prosecutors have also charged Levine with child pornography for allegedly secretly videotaping minors.

His alleged victims are from Davidson and Williamson counties.

8 Comments on this post:

By: wataboutbob on 1/6/10 at 7:50

It seems like these guys are everywhere. Parents beware!

By: richgoose on 1/6/10 at 12:17

I do not remember this fellow working at the club?

By: NewYorker1 on 1/6/10 at 1:50

Those students knew exactly what they were doing. I was a teenager once and I can't imagine someone having that type of power over me to make me do something I didn't want to do. Yes, he should be punished, but so should all the other people involved. This is hilarious to me. Too funny. Talk about weak-minded people.

By: tim4wsp on 1/6/10 at 3:25

NewYorker1, what in the hell is funny about an adult sexually perpetrating against children? You are going to burn in hell.

By: richgoose on 1/6/10 at 3:59

tim4wsp.........I am not so sure!

By: NewYorker1 on 1/6/10 at 5:05


By: tim4wsp on 1/6/10 at 5:47

NewYorker1 = Stupid dueche bag.

By: AnyWonder on 1/8/10 at 3:51

This is the same guy who for years and years hung out with the "kids" at the Fraternal Order of Police youth camp. He and his dad would take porno magazines to the officers who were at the camp so they would go outside and enjoy the reading material while they spent time with the kiddies.

These are the same few officers who drank themselves silly at that place while caring for the kids and in turn took out their drunken hostilities on the 6 to 14 year old kids.

Makes anyone wonder what the truth is and why it went on for so so long. Sounds like the usual cover up of the Nashville Police Department leadership.