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Wheaton North suspends St. Charles man accused of sex assault

WHEATON – A St. Charles man charged with the sexual assault of a former student at Wheaton North High School has been suspended without pay by Wheaton public school officials.

Officials at Community Unit School District 200 announced the suspension in a news release.

District officials said they were informed March 19 that Edwin Klemm, 43, of the 1100 block of Howard Street in St. Charles, was arrested that afternoon and charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault. Klemm is an English teacher and former speech coach at Wheaton North. He was not arrested on district property.

It is alleged that between February and November 2011, Klemm sexually assaulted a 16-year-old female student multiple times at various locations, including movie theaters, his vehicle, a classroom and his house, including at least once while his daughter was home, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office has said.

“The district takes the safety and emotional well-being of our students very seriously,” CUSD 200 said in its release. “All staff must complete rigorous criminal background checks before beginning employment.”

Klemm will be suspended until the investigation into the allegations against him is complete, district officials said. At that time, the district will review his employment status.

The student’s parents contacted the DuPage County Children’s Center after finding a love letter Klemm allegedly had written to the teenager, DuPage County prosecutors said.

Klemm’s bond was set at $600,000 on March 20.

Criminal sexual assault is punishable by four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. If found guilty of 11 counts of sexual assault, Klemm would face a minimum of 44 years in prison, as the sentences must be served consecutively, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. He is scheduled to appear in court April 15.

The district has no knowledge of any additional former or current students who were involved in any related incidents with Klemm, district officials said. Guidance counselors and staff members are available for students, and a social worker will be present in Klemm’s classes for as long as necessary to address student concerns, the district said.

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