James Pepe, 55, was a teacher at Bloomington High School. He was arrested last week for plotting to harm former colleague, Robert Meredith.
The recorded conversation was played during Pepe’s bond hearing. In the tape, Pepe is heard saying, “I want him killed; all right.”
According to reports, Pepe believed Meredith was spreading rumours about him. One such rumour was that Pepe was a child molester.
Meredith told investigators that he was afraid for his safety. He now teaches in another school. He did not show up for court on Saturday.
Police believe that Pepe wanted revenge on Meredith for spreading “nasty” rumours about him.
Pepe tried to hire a friend to do the deed, but the friend reported it to authorities. Police has arrested him and is behind bars.