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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • IVC teacher under investigation

  • A teacher at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School was placed on paid administrative leave after she was arrested Monday and accused of having sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy.
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  • A teacher at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School was placed on paid administrative leave after she was arrested Monday and accused of having sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy.
    Kayla M. Trueblood, 22, of 10306 Moss St. in Mossville, was booked on one count of aggravated criminal sex abuse. She remained in custody Tuesday afternoon at the Peoria County Jail, awaiting her first court appearance.
    The minor was not a student taught by Trueblood, and the acts did not occur while Trueblood was acting in an official capacity, according to the Peoria County Sheriff's Office. However, police believe at least one of the sexual acts occurred on school grounds after hours.
    Police said Trueblood remained cooperative throughout the investigation. She was taken to the sheriff's office Monday afternoon for an interview and arrested thereafter.
    "We were first made aware yesterday morning and then we immediately called the sheriff's department and brought them in," said Nick Polyak, superintendent of Illinois Valley Central District 321.
    The superintendent's office prepared a release Tuesday morning informing staff and parents of Trueblood's arrest via email.
    "We're disappointed by the situation," Polyak said. "Disappointed to have this happened with a staff member, and (we) feel bad for the student and the family that are involved."
    Trueblood was the gifted education teacher at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School, where she worked primarily with fourth- through eighth-grade students and small groups of other classes, Polyak said.
    Trueblood was in her first year of teaching at Mossville after earning a degree from Eureka College in 2011. She tutored and worked at a summer camp before becoming teaching at Mossville, according to her biography on the IVC website. The biography also stated Trueblood was a student in District 321 and currently served as the junior high scholastic bowl coach.
    The sheriff's office is continuing the investigation, but thus far believe only one victim was abused by Trueblood. She is expected to appear in court Wednesday.
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