Sunday, March 11, 2007

From a couple days ago...

Teacher faces second sex claim

For the second time in a week, a Manual High School teacher was in court for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a student.

But this time, Jodi E. Church, 26, wasn't accused of having sex with the Manual student. Rather, the special education teacher faces federal charges of using the Internet to entice a 16-year-old teen to have sex with her


Church garnered attention from authorities last month after the girlfriend of another Manual student informed police that Church was having sex with her boyfriend, the complaint states. Church has been charged in Peoria County Circuit Court with criminal sexual assault for allegedly having sex with that student.

The sexual relationship began during the summer, when the student, now 16, accepted a ride home from Church after an open gym session at the school, according to the complaint. She allegedly performed a sexual act on him in her vehicle.

The teen told police they also had sex at Church's home, and that he spent the night there at least once during their more-than-nine-month relationship.

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