Former teacher accused of having sex with female student

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HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — A man who quit his job last year as a suburban Chicago high school gym teacher amid accusations that he inappropriately touched a female student has been charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly impregnating another student twice.

The Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports that 42-year-old Jason Hardy was arrested last week after the now-26-year old woman contacted police.

Prosecutors say Hardy worked at Thornton Township High School in Harvey in 2010 when he allegedly started a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old softball player. She told police that in both cases she had abortions and, according to court documents, said she didn’t come forward earlier out of concern for Hardy’s career and damage her own reputation.

Hardy’s phone has been disconnected and he couldn’t be reached for comment.

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