Female teacher at UHS arrested
UPDATED 6 p.m. Wednesday
URBANA — A female teacher at Urbana High School was arrested Wednesday afternoon for the criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a 16-year-old male student.
Urbana police arrested teacher Tammy L. Bond, 45, who listed an address in the 1700 block of South Prospect Avenue, Champaign, at her home.
According to an Urbana police report, officers were called to investigate circumstances involving Bond and the student Monday, after the teen's mother noticed he was getting special treatment and gifts from the teacher and was spending time with the teacher outside of school.
On Tuesday, Urbana police detectives worked with Urbana High School officials to investigate, including interviewing the people involved and collecting evidence, including cellphones.
"The admissions obtained and the evidence collected indicated that inappropriate sexual contact had occurred between the student and teacher off of school grounds," said Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin in a written statement.
The police department says the teacher was suspended from her job at the school on Tuesday.
Police arrested her at her home at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was being held at the Champaign County Jail on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
The Urbana school district issued the following statement late Wednesday afternoon:
“On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Urbana police department notified Urbana School District #116 that an Urbana High School teacher was accused of engaging in alleged misconduct with a student. Our highest priority will always be our students’ well-being and safety. We strive to provide supportive schools with environments conducive to learning. We will not tolerate unprofessional or inappropriate misconduct by any staff member.
“At this time, we are cooperating with the Urbana police’s investigation and are dealing with this situation as a personnel matter. The staff member is currently on leave, and will not have further contact with students, pending termination.”
People with information about this incident are asked to call Urbana police at 384-2320 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477.
Information may also be left anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or sent via cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).
Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.