Married high school teacher in Will County, Illinois, ‘had sex with 14-year-old boy at her home, in hotels and her car – and sent him 6,000 texts over a four months’
Dayna Chidester from Illinois, appeared in court on Wednesday and faces sexual abuse and child pornography charges
Chidester is accused of having sex with the boy, ‘twice a week’, at her home and in hotels from Sept to Dec 2018
Investigators searching teen’s cellphone found nude photos of Chidester, over 9,000 text messages between the pair beginning in September 2018
They also reportedly, exchanged hundreds of phone calls over the same time frame
Corruption of a minor charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison if convicted
Considered a flight risk Chidester is held without bond – She’d been freed on a $1 million bond on sex abuse charges filed in January, arising from the same investigation
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Chidester texted another student at her school, saying she was disgusted by her actions with the boy, who did not attend the school.
In it she allegedly claimed: ‘It’s horrible. (I) can go to jail.’ She now also faces child pornography charges in addition to sexual abuse charges.
Officials in Will County became aware in December that Chidester was texting the student about her sexual relationship with the alleged victim.
After getting a warrant, authorities say, police found a graphic photo of the victim on Chidester’s phone that showed the boy lying face-up on the floor, exposing his genitals.
Authorities interviewed the victim last month and asked him about the photo, which Chidester allegedly took of him while the two were in her bedroom.
“Law enforcement asked Victim A if he knew why Chidester took the photograph. Victim A responded: ‘She said I looked hot,’” the affidavit says.
Authorities say the two exchanged other graphic photos, as well. Chidester also bought the teen a robe and skateboard.
An administrator at the victim’s high school told Will County authorities that the victim “had a romantic relationship with Chidester’s child, who attended the same high school as Victim A.”
The criminal complaint against Dana Chidester was unsealed in federal court in Chicago Wednesday.
A detention hearing for is scheduled for Friday afternoon and she will remain in custody until then, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The sexual abuse of a minor charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison if convicted.