Danville teacher's sex-assault trial set for Nov. 13

Danville teacher's sex-assault trial set for Nov. 13

DANVILLE — A date has been set for the jury trial of a Danville special-education teacher who is accused of having a relationship with a 17-year-old male student.

Chelsea L. Robinson's trial is set for Nov. 13. However, officials say it will likely be continued.

Robinson, 28, of Danville faces three counts of criminal sexual assault-position of trust, a Class 1 felony.

Prosecutors said she allegedly had a sexual relationship with a male student in June while she was employed as a special-education teacher at Danville High School.

Late last spring, Robinson had been reassigned to a special-education classroom at North Ridge Middle School, district officials said Friday. They added it was one of about 40 classroom reassignments made at the time to fill vacancies in the district.

Then on Aug. 10, school officials said, they became aware of the allegation against Robinson and immediately contacted the police department.

"We requested that they conduct a child-welfare check, which spurred the investigation," Superintendent Alicia Geddis said.

Robinson was arrested Aug. 17. She was also suspended without pay.

School board members are scheduled to vote on the firing of a tenured teacher at their meeting Wednesday.

Geddis declined to name the teacher until after the board takes action. The superintendent did say the teacher waived her right to a due-process hearing before a panel of board members.

Robinson is free on a $100,000 bond. Under the terms of her bond, she was ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

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