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  • Jason VanHoutte

    VanHoutte attorney asks court to overturn conviction

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—The attorney for Jason Van Houtte filed a motion to have his client freed from prison. Van Houtte, a former United Township teacher and coach, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges connected to his sexual relationship with a student.  His sentence stipulated he must serve at least 10 of those 12 years. Van Houtte’s attorney, William G. “Gerry” Schick, said previously that he thought his client deserved a new trial. A […]

  • Mark Senko

    Committee recommends Senko remain State’s Attorney

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—The committee assigned to review applications for the vacant Rock Island State’s Attorney position recommended the interim appointee remain in the seat vacated by Jeff Terronez. Terronez resigned from the position as part of a plea agreement after an investigation into him providing alcohol to a minor. The search committee consisted of County Board members Tom Rockwell and Phil Banaszek, rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd, Milan Police Chief Mark Beckwith and local attorney Mary Fuhr. Assistant State’s […]

  • Terronez Investigation: Text, phone and Facebook records

    Editor’s Note:  This content contains graphic language which may be considered offensive. This is a partial transcript taken verbatim from records included in reports released by Illinois State Police regarding their investigation into the conduct of Jeff Terronez. ________________________ The following texts were during the date of 08/15/2010, which is the date for the alleged delivery of alcohol from Terronez to at Mitchel Park in East Moline, IL. Pg 297 through 319 a text message account of Terronez purchasing alcoholic […]

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    Rock Island Co. Democrats speak out about Terronez

    MOLINE—Twenty-four hours after Rock Island County State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez stepped down, his political party held their annual fundraising spaghetti dinner. The group of Democrats now concerned their once true blue county could turn red. Once the golden boy of the Rock Island county Democratic party, former State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez is now the talk around the dinner table. “Jeff Terronez made a mistake and he’s paying for it at a very high level, he should pay for the mistake […]

  • Jason VanHoutte’s Interview With Police

    Hear what Jason VanHoutte told police during his interview in a taped confession that the judge refused to throw out.

  • Judge throws out VanHoutte plea

    A technical issue involving proper notification of the allowable sentence has prompted a Rock Island County judge to throw out the previous guilty plea and sentence of Jason VanHoutte, the former teacher who admitted to having improper sexual contact with a teenage student.

  • Jason VanHoutte

    Former teacher sentenced to prison on child sex charge

    ROCK ISLAND, Il.—Former United Township High School teacher Jason VanHoutte made plea deal Monday morning that sends him to prison for having sex with an underaged student. VanHoutte was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He must serve at least 10 years of his sentence.

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    Trial delayed for VanHoutte

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois—A former East Moline teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has asked that his trial be delayed. Jason VanHoutte, 37, was scheduled to go to trial this coming Monday. On Thursday, A judge granted a delay. VanHoutte was a coach and teacher at United Township High School. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault over the summer, in connection with a then 15 year old girl. A status hearing on his case is set […]

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    Orion School Board votes to fire head coach, Jason VanHoutte

    The Orion school board, behind closed doors, decided the fate of football coach Jason VanHoutte, the man who led Orion’s High School Football Team the last nine seasons. “The consistent reaction I experience was shock and disbelief. Since then, there hasn’t been a lot of dialogue and I think it’s a combination of things. What do you say?” says Dave Deets, Orion Superintendent. At the regular monthly Orion CUSD 3223 Board of Education meeting, a motion “To adopt the Superintendent’s […]

  • Jason VanHoutte

    Coach/teacher accused of sexual assault put on unpaid suspension

    QUAD CITIES, Ill.—After a 40 minutes meeting behind closed doors this morning, the United Township school board members voted unanimously to suspend Jason VanHoutte without pay. VanHoutte will have until September 3rd to appeal the decision. If he does not appeal, he will then be terminated. Police arrested 37-year-old Jason VanHoutte Wednesday on three counts of sexual assault. VanHoutte has taught at United Township for 15 years and was also the head football coach at Orion high school. Investigators say […]

  • Jason VanHoutte

    UTHS teacher, Orion coach charged for sex with student

    MOLINE, Illinois—A high school football coach and teacher who taught for 15 years at United Township is now accused of sex with a student. Moline police arrested 37-year-old Jason VanHoutte on Wednesday for felony criminal sexual assault. He was released on $100,000 bond early Wednesday evening. The investigation started Friday when East Moline police got a tip from an outside party about inappropriate text messages between Jason VanHoutte and a female student. East Moline police then began working with Moline […]

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