Questions Swirl For Parents After Glenn Teacher’s Arrest

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Jonathan Hovey taught first grade at Glenn Elementary School in Normal. / GOOGLE MAPS, MCLEAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

NORMAL, Ill. (WGLT) — Parents at Glenn Elementary School looked for answers and reassurance from Unit 5 on Monday as the investigation continued into a teacher accused of molesting two first-graders.

Unit 5 and Normal Police released little new information Monday about the case against Jonathan Hovey, 47, of Forsyth. He faces six counts of predatory sexual assault and abuse for alleged misconduct with two students—one in 2005 and another in 2017-18. 

But Unit 5 on Monday failed to address some of the biggest questions posed since Hovey’s arrest. If he was investigated (but never charged) in 2005 for allegedly molesting a student, why was he allowed to continue teaching? Was Hovey put under any additional oversight after the 2005 case? Why weren’t parents notified after Hovey was put on leave in April? 

“It’s really frustrating,” said Shanin Abreu of Normal, whose son was in Hovey’s class during the 2017-18 school year when the most recent abuse allegedly took place. “Predators usually have more than one victim. It’s really scary to think about.” 

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