DWIGHT — A Dwight Township High School teacher is facing a charge of criminal sexual assault by an authority figure involving an underage student.

Kathy Patten, 34, was arrested by Livingston County sheriff’s deputies Friday evening and formally charged in Livingston County Circuit Court on Monday morning. Court documents indicate $2,500 cash bond was posted for her release.

“The administration was made aware of a rumor involving a student and a teacher and took immediate action to investigate, which led to contacting the Dwight Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services,” Dwight school Superintendent Richard Jancek told The Pantagraph. “The safety and welfare of our students, as well as protecting the rights of our staff, are priorities of our school district.

"Due to this being an ongoing investigation and a personnel matter, no further comments will be made at this time,” he added.

The charge involving a minor between the ages of 13 and 17 is a Class 1 felony. Patten is due in court July 2.

"The charges involve an underage male victim who is a student at the Dwight High School," said Livingston County Sheriff Tony Livingston. "The investigation is ongoing with additional charges possible."

Patten is a family and consumer science teacher at Dwight. She also leads the Dwight Township High School chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for high school students interested in family and consumer sciences education.

She could not be reached for comment by The Pantagraph on Monday.

Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

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