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Ex-teacher from Forsyth wanted in Nashville on rape, battery charges

Ex-teacher from Forsyth wanted in Nashville on rape, battery charges

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DECATUR — A former teacher from Forsyth whose charges of sexually abusing two students in McLean County were dismissed is now wanted in Tennessee. 

Jonathon Hovey, 49, was previously charged in McLean County, accused of sexually assaulting two students when he was a first grade teacher in the district. Those charges were dismissed in September when a prosecutor said material witnesses were not available for the case.

Hovey, of Forsyth, pleaded not guilty to those six charges — two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He signed a waiver of extradition Tuesday. He is being held by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and according to court records, he will be delivered to the charging agency in Tennessee.

A public affairs officer from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on Monday said he is wanted on charges of sexual battery and rape there.

Further details on these charges, including the dates and locations for the alleged offenses, were not available Monday.

McLean County mugshots

Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.


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