Oak Park River Forest High School teacher charged with sexual assault

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OAK PARK, Ill. -- A suburban teacher appeared in bond court today on multiple charges relating to inappropriate encounters with a minor.

Inside Cook County bond court today 41-year-old Jeremy Lind hung his head as the allegations against him were read, facing several felony counts including several counts of criminal sexual assault, indecent solicitation of a child and traveling to meet a minor.

Prosecutors say Lind met the then 16-year-old female student on a school trip to Ireland in June. The English teacher from Oak Park River Forest High School was a chaperon.  After the trip and back home, the two continued to text and call each other for hours, prosecutors say.

In August, Lind allegedly arranged for the girl to be his teachers’ aide.

When her mom found out about the messaging, she alerted the school, telling Lind and the student to end communications.

They did not and in September, when the girl had access to a downtown hotel room through her mom, she invited Lind to come by and the two had sexual contact there, according to prosecutors.

A week later just after her 17th birthday, prosecutors say Lind picked the girl up two more times in his wife's car and drove near Oak Park and Grand Ave where relations happened twice more.

A week after that, school administrators learned of the allegations and began an investigation, along with other agencies.  Lind was put on administrative leave by the school.

Bail is set at $150,000 dollars.  Lind is expected to bond out of jail and will likely be on electronic monitoring.  His attorney says they deny everything in the complaint and that Lind is innocent.

He's due back in court January 4th.