UPDATED: Danville district informed police of allegation against teacher

UPDATED: Danville district informed police of allegation against teacher

DANVILLE — A 28-year-old Danville special-education teacher has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault for an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old male student. 

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said police arrested Chelsea L. Robinson of Danville at 11:46 a.m. Friday, after which she was arraigned in Vermilion County Circuit Court on three counts of criminal sexual assault-position of trust, a Class 1 felony. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Thomason said Robinson is accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student in June, while she was employed as a special-education teacher at Danville High School.  

The school district notified the police department Aug. 10, immediately after hearing an allegation about an alleged incident that occurred this summer. Police launched an investigation that day.

“We immediately contacted the Danville Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services,” Superintendent Alicia Geddis said. “The investigation began, and we suspended her without pay, pending board action.

"We are cooperating with the Danville Police Department and DCFS. We took this allegation seriously, and immediately contacted the police.”

Robinson, a 2008 Bismarck-Henning High School graduate and state track qualifier in the shot put her senior year, also coached volleyball at Danville High.

This is the second case this summer of sexual allegations involving a minor and an adult working with students in the Danville school district. 

Last month, David J. Woodrow, 41, a former volunteer with the North Ridge Middle School music program, was charged with six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy on several occasions in 2011 and 2012.

Following her arraignment Friday, Robinson posted 10 percent of her bond — $10,000 — and was released from the Vermilion County Jail. She was ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

Her next court date is scheduled for Sept. 7. 

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