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updated: 10/8/2013 5:55 PM

Grant teacher resigns; police investigating alleged student contact

Police investigate claim of encounter with student

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A Grant Community High School teacher has resigned amid allegations the teacher had inappropriate contact with a student.

Superintendent Christie Sefcik, of Grant Community High School District 124 in Fox Lake, said in a letter sent home to parents that administrators received information alleging the inappropriate contact on Oct. 6. Police were immediately contacted and the unidentified teacher has resigned, Sefcik said.

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She added this is an "isolated incident that occurred away from campus and involved no other students."

The allegation is under investigation by the Grayslake Police Department. It's unclear if charges will be filed against the teacher.

The teacher's name is being withheld until charges are filed.

"While I understand you may have additional questions, this is a police matter now and we must allow them time to conduct a thorough investigation," Sefcik said in the statement to parents. "During the course of the investigation, any information regarding this matter will come directly from the police authorities."

Grayslake Police Chief Phillip Perlini said his department is working with District 124 staff and the Lake County state's attorney's office in conducting a thorough investigation of the allegations. He said the victim is a juvenile and no further information will be released until the investigation is complete.

School officials are due to hold a special closed-door meeting Wednesday morning where a teacher resignation is expected to be discussed by board members. Because the topic is about teacher discipline, by law, the meeting is not open to the public.

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