Manual Academy teacher could face a lifetime behind bars

By Anna Yee

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A District 150 9th grade teacher could be facing a lifetime in federal prison, after she was arrested for allegedly enticing a minor for sex.

Manual Academy art teacher Amanda Ludwig was placed on administrative leave Monday, as she appeared in federal court in Peoria. She left her hearing in tears.

Ludwig, 28, is in custody for another week, until a bond hearing next Monday, and she may have a tough road ahead.

Peoria police arrested her Friday night after she was accused of enticing a 15-year-old Manual High School student for sex.

A criminal complaint filed Monday states Ludwig was the boy's art teacher last year, and that they began texting each other a couple of months ago. The texts reportedly turned sexual in nature, which led to engaging in sexual intercourse in her classroom late last month. According to the report, Ludwig admitted to doing both.

This is a federal violation because of the use of text messages, which is considered a form of interstate commerce. If convicted, Ludwig could face ten years to life in prison.

In 2008, former District 150 teacher Jodi Church plead guilty to state charges of having sexual relations with a student.

She was sentenced to four and a half years in prison as part of the plea. That sentence ran concurrently with the federal sentence of seven years that she was given earlier for a separate case.

In the earlier case, she plead guilty to using the social media site MySpace to try to persuade another Manual High School student to have sex.

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