In the recent past there have been many instances of alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault of children by teachers and other types of school personnel, such as principals and other administrators, in Illinois. On this site, various instances of such behavior have been summarized and otherwise discussed.
A former teacher (who was a teacher in Peoria at the time of the alleged sexual assault) has been recently convicted for sexual assault of a student.
The former teacher has been identified as Veronica Dixon, 28. She was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Thursday (February 9, 2017) after a court trial. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 29 and she faces up to 15 years in prison.
An excerpt from the February 9, 2017 Peoria Journal Star article titled “Former Trewyn teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a student“:
According to court records, the 15-year-old boy involved was a student of hers. Dixon, then a first-year seventh-grade teacher at Trewyn, got the boy’s number about the beginning of the year. They talked back and forth and exchanged text messages. About Jan. 9, 2016, they met at Dixon’s house and had sex, according to court records.
The alleged affair came to light after the boy’s mother saw some of the text messages between the two on her phone, which the mother had allowed her son to use. The teen told police he and Dixon had engaged in inappropriate activity at school and while the two were alone, according to court records.
The article also discusses other alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault allegations by teachers in the Peoria public schools in recent years.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this sexual assault conviction of a teacher can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Peoria Journal Star article mentioned above as well as the February 10 Bloomington Pantagraph article titled “Ex-teacher in Peoria convicted in sexual assault of student.”