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.