Teacher arrested for sexual assault

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A Danville High School teacher has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault.

28-year old Chelsea Robinson is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year old male student. Friday August 10, 2018, the Danville School District was alerted to an accusation against the high school special education teacher. That day, the administration called police and DCFS. 

After investigating, police say they have evidence the sexual relationship had been going on since June 2018. Robinson was arrested, charged with criminal sexual assault and suspended without pay.

Blair Neal used to work at Danville High School with Robinson in 2014 and they were friends. She says, back then, she witnessed inappropriate interactions between Robinson and male students and told the principal at the time about her concerns.

Robinson was hired by the Danville School District in 2013. A year later, Neal started a new job as Robinson’s teaching assistant. 

Neal says, “We worked with the life skills special education students and it was going great.” 

She says they became close friends, and Robinson was even in her wedding. But after working with her for a while, Neal started to notice patterns in Robinson’s behavior at school. 

“Shortly after the wedding is when I noticed things aren’t going how they should be in her classroom. Boys were coming in regularly, pretty much daily, they would sit on her lap. She would text them. She would talk to them on Snapchat.” 

After seeing this happen several times, she decided to say something to Robinson. 

“I tried saying they really shouldn’t be in your room. If somebody sees them coming in your room you’re going to get in trouble. She just kind of laughed it off and acted like I was being dramatic.” 

Neal says she also reported it to the principal who has since left the district. 

“I went in and said that I really had some concerns. But I didn’t have physical proof and they just didn’t really want to hear it.”

That happened three years ago. Neal doesn’t work for the school district anymore but responded when she heard about Robinson’s arrest.

“I was shocked but, at the same time, I knew it was going to happen eventually.” 

The superintendent says when the district heard about the accusation against Robinson, they reported it to police right away and they’re cooperating with the investigation. 

Friday, Chelsea Robinson posted bond and was released from the Vermilion County Jail. She was ordered not to have any contact with the victim. She’ll be back in court next month.

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