DECATUR — A secretary at Eisenhower High School in Decatur is facing a preliminary charge of criminal sexual assault after police said she had intercourse with a 17-year-old student.
Kassie M. Benton, 24, of Mount Zion was arrested Friday after being interviewed at Decatur Police headquarters by a officer with the Mount Zion Police Department. That officer had been called in as part of an investigation by Decatur Police, according to a sworn police affidavit.
The affidavit said the woman had been employed at the high school since August 2015 and said she knew the student. “She had given him rides to early bird class approximately 30-40 times while employed as a secretary there,” the affidavit said.
The affidavit then quotes Benton as describing having intercourse in March when he came over to her Mount Zion home. He was 17 at the time.
She told police that she had wished the student happy birthday on his 18th birthday last year.
“During an interview with the student, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with Benton around February or March 2018 when he was an Eisenhower student,” the affidavit added.
Decatur School District spokeswoman Maria Robertson released a statement later on Tuesday. She said: "The District was made aware of the arrest of an employee at Eisenhower High School and an investigation is being conducted. The employee has been suspended from work pending the investigation. The safety of our students is a high priority at Decatur Public Schools."
Benton was released from the Macon County Jail after posting $40,000 bail; the Macon County State’s Attorney’s office had recommended bond be set at $200,000.
The conditions of the bond state Benton is to have no contact with the student or anyone under the age of 18. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.
This story will be updated.
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