NORMAL — Police say they've received additional calls about a Forsyth resident who is employed as a McLean County teacher and is accused by authorities of sexually assaulting at least two children.
Jonathan “Jon” Hovey, 47, a first-grade teacher at Glenn Elementary School in Normal, was arrested Friday night and is charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Hovey has been on paid administrative leave since April.
The accusations date to 2005, according to court records.
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Normal police Chief Rick Bleichner on Monday said: “As of this point, there is nothing new and when you have a case such as this, it takes some time to do a thorough and proper investigation. We will continue to look into any and all new information.”
Unit 5 school district spokeswoman Dayna Brown declined to answer questions about whether parents were notified at the time the teacher was placed on leave and whether the matter will be discussed at meetings with teachers and staff before school starts. She also wouldn't talk about whether there were any policy changes.
In an email, she said, “This is a very serious case and an ongoing investigation. While we understand there is a desire for more information, we do not want to do anything to compromise the police investigation.”
Brown said a note was sent to Glenn parents and staff members and there was a staff meeting at the school on Saturday afternoon.
Glenn Principal Cari Oester wrote, “We know this is a difficult conversation to have with your child. To help with that conversation, Unit 5 recommends reviewing the parent resources available on the Erin's Law website." The website is erinslaw.org.
Unit 5 has implemented the prevention-oriented child sexual abuse curriculum in Erin's Law, as required by state statute, in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the letter.
Brown said the district first learned of allegations against Hovey in April and administrators immediately contacted Normal police and the Department of Children and Family Services and placed Hovey on administrative leave.
According to court documents, a mother said her daughter told her that the child's first grade teacher touched her through her clothes and also had her touch him. These incidents occurred at the teacher's desk more than 50 times, the documents said.
During the police investigation, a detective “was made aware” of a similar allegation in 2005 against Hovey for which no charges had been filed.
The student in that case, now 21, told police substantially the same story as the other student, according to the documents.
Hovey is in McLean County Jail in lieu of posting $10,035.
Kevin Barlow contributed to this report.