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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Former Mossville teacher pleads to engaging in sexual activity with teen

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  • A Mossville woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years of probation for having sexual contact with a then-16-year-old boy.
    Kayla M. Trueblood, 23, of 10306 Moss St. pleaded guilty Friday in Peoria County Circuit Court to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a felony. As such, she must register as a sex offender, give a DNA sample, and, due to the type of offense, she must serve all 90 days -- minus two days already spent at the Peoria County Jail.
    Circuit Judge Steve Kouri allowed her to voluntarily report to the jail on March 21.
    Trueblood was a teacher at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School. The allegations, prosecutors have said, don't involve a student of hers but Assistant State's Attorney Nancy Mermelstein said during the brief, 10-minute hearing that Trueblood knew one of the boy's siblings.
    The teacher had been working with the teen and their relationship grew more emotional and at some point, the two engaged in sexual activity three times, the prosecutor said in open court.
    Trueblood, who was dressed in bright pink surgical scrubs, said little but yes or no during the hearing. She left the courtroom quickly after the hearing was over.

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