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Plainfield teacher Ashley Blumenshine, 27, is charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy who attends the school where she teaches. (Credit: Plainfield Police)
Updated 1/5/11 5:50 p.m. PLAINFIELD, Ill. (CBS) – A suburban high school teacher was in jail Wednesday, charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student.
Ashley Blumenshine, 27, was arrested behind a Kohl’s department store in Plainfield on Tuesday. Police caught her in a car with a 16-year-old boy and determined that they’d had sex shortly before the officers arrived.
Blumenshine’s attorney said she is innocent.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports that Blumenshine, who most recently lived in the 4300 block of Nutmeg Lane is Lisle, has taught dance and physical education at Plainfield North High School for four years. But her popularity might have gone too far.
“I remember she’s a really nice lady,” Plainfield North High School graduate Michael Deland said.
Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Plainfield police officer arrested Blumenshine after allegedly catching her in a car with a student outside the Kohl’s department store at 11860 S. Route 59 in Plainfield.
“The person in the back was partially unclothed,” Plainfield Police Chief William Doster said.
Police noticed two vehicles in the parking lot were sitting much farther out from the store than other vehicles in the lot.
On Wednesday, the Will County State’s Attorney’s office charged Blumenshine with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
“They made certain statements to the officer that led them to believe that that’s what went on,” Doster said. He said the affair appears to have been going on for a month or so.
Officials at Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 did not want to talk on camera, but they said the board of education would take appropriate action promptly after Blumenshine is released from custody.
The school also provided students with counseling.
“It’s kind of shameful to our school and, I don’t know, it’s upsetting a little bit,” Deland said.
Doster said “some of the students are upset about the whole thing. It does get to be a little traumatic for the students.”
Tyler Recek, who graduated from Plainfield North High School last year, said news of the arrest spread quickly around town.
“I found out just a little bit ago, but my friends found out last night over the phone, Facebook everything else,” Recek said.