Teacher arrested after sexual relationship with student discovered

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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

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