Ashley Blumenshine, 27-year old teacher for dance and physical education at Plainfield North High School, was arrested after she was caught having sex with a 16-year junior student at the school. She has been teaching at the school for 4 years and is quite popular. The teacher and student are reported to be having an affair for almost a month.

She was released on $7500 bond and is not allowed to have unsupervised visits by anyone under the age of 18. She is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge which is a felony punishable by three to seven years in prison.

Police Chief William Doster said officers were on patrol checking the parking lot when they saw two vehicles parked next to each other. One was unoccupied while Blumenshine was in the driver’s seat of the other vehicle with the minor in the back.
Assistant Will County State’s Attorney Mary Fillipitch said both occupants admitted they had just engaged in consensual sexual intercourse and a condom was taken as evidence from the vehicle.
“(Blumenshine) told police she knew he was a student at Plainfield North High School,” Fillipitch told Judge Marzell L. Richardson during a bond hearing Wednesday.Source:

Blumenshine was quite popular at the school.

Blumenshine has taught at the school district since 2006. She choreographed several dances for the spring show in May, according to the district’s website.
She coached golf at Plainfield North, serving as head coach last school year and assistant coach in the 2008-09 school year. She also taught driver’s education in the summer in 2008. She was also an assistant cheerleading coach at Plainfield South High School in the 2006-07 school year.Source:

Blumenshine is not married and is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

Brings back the old debate – Is the legal age for sex too low in US, especially as a lot of student have sex much before the age of 18?