Normal elementary teacher arrested on charges of sex abuse, assault against a child

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NORMAL, Ill. — A Normal elementary school teacher was arrested Friday with multiple charges of criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child.

Johnathan W. Hovey, 47, of Forsyth, is a teacher at Normal Glenn Elementary School, located at 306 Glenn Ave.

Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said McLean County Unit 5 staff reported the incident to police after the parent of a female student said her teacher repeatedly touched her inappropriately. The NPD also reopened a 2005 report where a first grade female student reported that she was touched by Hovey in an inappropriate manner.

Hovey was charged with an additional count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse related to the 2005 incident after another investigation and interviews.

Based on the age of the victims, the Normal Police Department will not release additional information concerning this case.

Hovey is currently being held at the McLean County Jail with a bond set at $100,000. He has been charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Based on the allegations that the incidents happened in a school building, over a period of multiple years, the NPD is asking anyone who may have information to contact Detective Kendra DeRosa at (309) 454-9624, or at kderosa@normal.org.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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