Braidwood Teacher Charged with Sex Crimes

Dayna Chidester of Manhattan, Illinois, was arrested this week and is facing a long list of charges, including criminal sexual abuse. Chidester was teacher at Reed-Custer High School, teaching courses in apparels and textiles, adult living, and food and nutrition. 

According to prosecutors, Chidester began grooming a 14-year-old boy in September 2018. The two began texting each other, which eventually led to a sexual relationship. 

She is now facing felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a child and unlawful grooming.

This all happened just one month after another teacher at the same school was arrested on child pornography charges.



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