Saturday, January 8, 2011
Teacher Having Sex in A Car with A 16-Year-Old Student'
Ashley Blumenshine was arrested behind a department store in Plainfield, Illinois, after police caught her in a car with the teen. Police believe that they had had sex shortly before the officers arrived.
The high school teacher is being held in custody charged with having sex with the student. Her attorney said she is innocent.
She taught dance and physical education at Plainfield North High School for four years and is known for her popularity. The boy is a junior at the school.
Plainfield North High School graduate Michael Deland said: 'I remember she's a really nice lady.'
Around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a Plainfield police officer arrested Blumenshine after allegedly catching her in a car with a student outside the Kohl's department store.
'The person in the back was partially unclothed,' said Plainfield Police Chief William Doster of the student.
Police noticed two vehicles in the car park were sitting much farther out from the store than other vehicles. One was unoccupied while Blumenshine was in the driver's seat of the other vehicle with the teen in the back.
Assistant Will County State's Attorney Mary Fillipitch said both occupants admitted they had just engaged in consensual sexual intercourse. A condom was taken as evidence from the vehicle. The following day, 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,' Chief Doster said.
He said the affair appears to have been going on for a month or so. He added: 'Sad for the teacher, sad for the student, sad for the school, sad for the community.
'Some of the students are upset about the whole thing. It does get to be a little traumatic for the students.'
The aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge is a felony punishable by three to seven years in prison. Blumenshine is not married and, her attorney says, has no criminal history.