An Illinois teacher’s aide is facing felony charges after allegedly performing some type of sex act in a school classroom with students present.
Newton City Police arrested teacher’s aide Stephen F. Ochs, 63, at Newton Community High School after an alleged sexual incident around 1:25 p.m. Wednesday. Police have not described what allegedly occurred, but said he was working as a teacher’s aide at the school when he engaged in a sexual act “with knowledge that a child or children would view his acts,” the Effingham Daily News reports.
Ochs is a lifelong local resident without a criminal history.
“It’s a terrible shock,” Jasper County State’s Attorney Kevin Parker said in a prepared statement. “This guy has been in the school system for some time.”
Newton superintendent Dan Cox said “I’m saddened about the disruption and upset feelings this caused our students and staff.”