PEORIA — The Peoria Public School district has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a teenage boy who was the victim of a sexual assault by a Decatur woman who had been a Trewyn School teacher in 2016.
The former teacher, Veronica Dixon, 30, was convicted of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Peoria County District Court in March 2017. She is serving a four-year prison sentence.
The school board on Tuesday approved the agreement. The settlement is for $15,000 with no acknowledgement of any wrongdoing by the district, according to Karen Stecher, director of communications.
According to criminal court records, the boy was a student in Dixon's seventh grade science class. The first year teacher got the boy's phone number at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year and talked and exchanged text messages with him. On Jan. 9, 2016, they met at Dixon's house and had sex, according to Journal Star archived reports.
The relationship came to light after the boy's mother saw some of the text messages between the two on her phone, which the mother had allowed her son to use. The teen told police that he and Dixon had engaged in inappropriate activity at school and while the two were alone, according to court records.
The board voted unanimously to approve the agreement.