Two Teachers Leave Reed-Custer District 255 After Being Arrested for Sexuality Crimes

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Two teachers from the Reed-Custer School District, 255 teachers arrested for sexual crimes, visited the district with positive references and thorough criminal background checks, said the district superintendent.

Kevin W. Macha, 28, of Joliet and Dayna Chidester, 50, of Manhattan, taught in Braidwood District until their arrest.

Masha was charged with possession of child pornography and Chidester for sexually abusing and abusing a 14-year-old boy, who is not a student of Reed-Custer. Chidester could face a charge of child pornography. A prosecutor said that she and the victim had exchanged nude photos of each other.

District Superintendent 255, Mark Mitchell, said in an email that Macha and Chidester had come to the district with positive references and full criminal background checks.

"Once positive referrals are received, the criminal record is checked and people are hired, we can not control what they do after hours of work when they are not at work." . We can respond to inappropriate non-work-related activities, and we did it quickly in both cases, "Mitchell said.

Masha, who was hired on August 11, 2015, was suspended without pay the same day the district was made aware of the investigation by the Will County Sheriff's Office, Mitchell said. The district council accepted his resignation on December 19th.

Chidester, who was hired on August 14, 2017, announced his resignation Wednesday after district officials accused him of having exchanged text messages with a student on the drug, Mitchell said. When she was later charged with sexual abuse on a minor, Mitchell wrote him a letter in which he was informed that he would recommend to the district council to accept his resignation.

According to Mitchell, the Will County Regional Education Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Illinois State Police have checked the criminal record of Macha and Chidester.

The district is cooperating with the sheriff's office as part of its Macha investigation, including allowing them to access his district-provided laptop and a copy of an e-mail search relating to his email account "that did not seem to have any inappropriate signs. activity, "said Mitchell.

"At no point during Mr. Macha's employment did the district have any idea that he would be involved in an inappropriate activity," Mitchell said.

The Braidwood police began investigating allegations that Chidester had exchanged text messages with a student about the drug after a parent of a student at Reed-Custer High School contacted an agent. according to a statement from the district.