MOSSVILLE, Ill -- A Mossville Elementary teacher is in Peoria County jail Tuesday due to an alleged relationship with a 16-year-old boy in the Illinois Valley Central school district.
Kayla Trueblood, 22, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak says Trueblood is a part-time gifted education teacher and aide at the Mossville Pre-K - 8 building.
He says he has been told the alleged relationship with the high schooler started outside of the school and has been going on for a couple of weeks.
"This was not a teacher/student relationship. They happen to be a teacher in our district and a student in our district but that's more coincidental than it is anything else," Dr. Polyak said. "We're doing everything we can to cooperate with the authorities to make sure this gets investigated."
The principal of Mossville Elementary became aware of the allegations on Monday and called Dr. Polyak. The superintendent then called the sheriff's office, which took Trueblood in for questioning.
Dr. Polyak also said the even though the relationship was not directly between a student and his teacher, he believed that the issue needed to be investigated by law enforcement.
"I would say to our families that we're just very disappointed that this happened," Dr. Polyak said. "We take the safety and security of our students very seriously and so that's why we thought we need to immediately involved the police."
Dr. Polyak says this is Trueblood's first teaching job and first year with the district.
She has been placed on paid administrative leave and is awaiting her first court appearance.