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Crime & Courts

St. Charles resident indicted in student sexual assault case

WHEATON – A St. Charles resident and former speech team coach from Wheaton North High School accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a student has been indicted by a grand jury, a spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office said.

Edwin Klemm, 43, of the 1100 block of Howard Street in St. Charles, was arrested March 19 and charged with criminal sexual assault, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Klemm also has taught English at Wheaton North.

Paul Darrah, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office, confirmed Thursday that a grand jury indicted Klemm on April 9 on 11 counts of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. His next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday for a status hearing, Darrah said.

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 while his daughter was home, according to officials.

The student's parents contacted the DuPage County Children's Center after finding a love letter Klemm had allegedly written to the teenager, the release reads. The center opened an investigation into the accusations.

DuPage County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Sexton set Klemm's bond at $600,000 in bond court March 20. He remains in DuPage County Jail, according to media reports.

Klemm was suspended without pay by Community Unit School District 200 until the investigation into the allegations against him is complete, district officials said. At that time, the district will review his employment status.

Criminal sexual assault is punishable by four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. If found guilty of the 11 counts, Klemm would face a minimum of 44 years in prison as the sentences must be served consecutively, officials said.

He is scheduled to appear in court Friday. A judge is expected to hear a request to allow cameras in the courtroom, a request prosecutors oppose, according to media reports.

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