Rantoul Township High School custodian charged with sex abuse of teen girl

Rantoul Township High School custodian charged with sex abuse of teen girl

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man who has worked as a custodian at Rantoul Township High School is due in court Saturday morning for the setting of bond on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said Aron R. Nash, 45, of the 1400 block of Southpointe Drive was arrested Friday morning after admitting he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female.

The charge, a Class 2 felony, carries a prison sentence of three to seven years upon conviction.

Bouse said police were alerted Tuesday evening by a family member that it was believed Nash was having a sexual relationship with an underage female.

Police met with school officials Wednesday, and Nash was placed on leave prior to school that day.

During an interview with police, Nash would not disclose "what was going on with the juvenile," Bouse said.

In an interview with the teen, she said there had been "some type of physical relationship" but not a sexual one.

Police conducted another interview with Nash on Friday morning, in which Bouse said Nash admitted to having a sexual relationship with the teen.

Nash was taken to the Champaign County Jail on Friday.

The teen is a student at RTHS, but "based on the investigation, this is not a relationship that started at school," Bouse said.

Dave Hinton is editor of the Rantoul Press, a News-Gazette Media community newspaper.

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