West Carroll teacher accused of relationship with student

A West Carroll High School teacher faces criminal charges following allegations that she had a relationship with a student.

Chelsey Wheeler, 24, of Lanark, Illinois, was charged April 7, 2014 with one felony count of criminal sexual assault involving a victim between 13 and 17 years of age.

Students spotted the pair together at a school baseball game holding hands, it was later discovered they were in a relationship.

“I couldn’t believe it that someone would actually do it in our school. I thought maybe in bigger schools it would happen but never my school,” said West Carroll High School Junior, Evan Genenbach.

“I just think it’s inappropriate any time you have an adult in a position of authority over a child, and they end up in an intimate physical relationship,” said Illinois resident Stephen Dwyer. “There’s a position there of trust when you send your child to school that the teacher isn’t going to be trying to make sexual advances on children.”

Savanna Police say the alleged victim was a student at West Carroll High School, where Wheeler was once a science teacher and has now since resigned, according to the school district’s website.

Court records show Wheeler made her first court appearance, posted 10% of the imposed $50,000 bond and was released from the Carroll County Jail the same day she was arrested.

Wheeler was next scheduled to appear in court April 28.

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