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Teacher arrested after sexual relationship with student discovered

A teacher at a suburban high school was arrested and charged with assaulting a former female student.

43-year-old Edwin Klemm, an English teacher and former speech coach at Wheaton North High School is charged with with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault.

Bond was set at $600,000.

Assistant State’s Atty. Ann Celine O’Hallaren told the Chicago Tribune that the girl, who was 16 at the time, told investigators that she and Klemm engaged in sex acts in school classrooms, at his residence when his wife and daughter were not home and in his vehicle.

The student ended the relationship in November 2011.

Her parents recently discovered a love letter that Klemm had written to the student, which prompted the investigation, O’Hallaren said.

The student, who now attends college, met with investigators last week and gave details that led to Klemm’s arrest, the prosecutor said.

According to a statement released by Community Unit School District 200, Klemm has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

“At this time, it is our understanding that no additional former or current students are involved,” the statement said. “The District takes the safety and emotional well-being of our students very seriously. All staff must complete rigorous criminal background checks before beginning employment. We encourage parents to reach out to their school social workers, counselors and psychologists if they need assistance in talking to their children about these terrible, unfortunate allegations.”

Chicago Tribune contributed to this report


11 Comments to “Teacher arrested after sexual relationship with student discovered”

    Jay said:
    March 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Bet "Tired of the Morons" is so proud!

      Darwin said:
      March 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      He's embarrassed. That's why he's hiding.

        Darwin said:
        March 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Really WGN? I can't use the word "embarrassed" without you implementing asterisks in it cause it has the letters A-S-S in it? How pathetic! If you want people's opinions don't censure them. Just remove the whole thing and have someone make up nice comments about the imaginary world you want us to live in.

        Tired of Morons said:
        March 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Darwin your an idiot. I don't really care about this idiot. He didn't kill or rob anyone like the normal POS that I usually comment on.

    Nunya said:
    March 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    16 will get ya 20!

    Nextfriday said:
    March 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Wait a minute. Not downplaying the severity of this guy's actions…. but his bond was set at six hundred grand and the offduty drunk copper who killed 2 people was set at five hundred grand? Edwin, you selected the wrong career to commit a crime in.

      Vee said:
      March 21, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      I was thinking the same thing. Also not trying to downplay this but ummmmmm…..I think our legal system just told me that having sex with a 16 year old girl who willingly agreed to it, is WORSE than driving your car drunk and killing 2 innocent people? Thats kinda screwed up….

    Darwin said:
    March 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    What's this? Another chimp got caught. You can take a monkey out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the monkey, no matter how much college education it receives.

      Tired of Morons said:
      March 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Monkey? He's white you idiot.

    keeping real said:
    March 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    wow!!! that monkey sure thought he got away but forgot his love letters, what a monkey and now he will be lock away with mean and nasty monkeys good luck!!!

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