NORMAL — Investigators have reported nothing new in the week since the arrest of a former McLean County Unit 5 first-grade teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting two children since 2005.
Jonathan Hovey, 47, who has been on paid administrative leave from the district since April, was released Saturday after he posted $10,035. He is due in court for an arraignment on Aug. 16.
Hovey, of Forsyth, was ordered to avoid contact with the people listed in the case and with anyone younger than 18, except a family member with whom contact would be allowed at the discretion of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, court documents said.
School officials said he has not returned to Glenn Elementary School since he was placed on leave in April.
Attorney Tristan Bullington, who will represent Hovey, has declined comment. Efforts to reach Hovey were not successful.
Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said the department has received a few phone calls since the announcement of Hovey’s arrest, but no new charges have been filed.
“It is still an open investigation and we encourage anyone who might know something to call us,” he said. “It just takes time to investigate every lead.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kendra DeRosa at 309-454-9624 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A back-to-school open house is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Glenn Elementary School, and classes start the following day. Principal Cari Oester sent an email to parents earlier this week with suggestions on how to discuss the situation with children and a list of resources for those with more questions.