URBANA — A former Urbana High School teacher who admitted engaging in a sexual relationship with a student she tutored will have to register as a sex offender.
Tammy Bond, 45, whose last known address was in the 1700 block of South Prospect Avenue, Champaign, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated criminal sexual abuse before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis.
In a plea negotiated by her attorney, Tom Bruno of Champaign, and Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber, Bond was sentenced to four years of probation and 180 days in the county jail. Bond has applied to the sheriff to serve her jail sentence on electronic home detention, but that determination had not been made at the time of Wednesday's guilty plea.
Bond admitted that in March 2013, she touched the sex organ of a teenage boy for her own sexual gratification. A special education teacher, Bond tutored the teen. The charge to which she pleaded guilty said that she was in a position of trust or authority over the youth.
In exchange for her plea, other counts of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child, alleging acts that took place between March and early May, were dismissed.
Bond was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs; have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18 without an adult present; and register as a sex offender.
The case came to the attention of Urbana police when the boy's guardian noticed him driving Bond's car. She confronted Bond and told her to stop letting him drive. When that didn't happen, she told police.
They learned that she had reportedly bought him clothes and a cellphone as well as engaged in repeated sex acts with him.
Bond, who had no prior convictions, was fired from her job by the Urbana school board in May less than a week after she was criminally charged.