March 26 2009

Teacher Sarah L. Tolzien Accused Of Sex With 16-Year-Old

Sarah L. TolzienSarah L. Tolzien, an English teacher and cross country coach at Rich South High School in Richton Park, IL, has been charged with felony sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Ms. Tolzien, 24, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old male student that she was coaching.  The assaults in question appear to have happened back on November 14th and 17th of 2008 when she drove the student home from practice.  The parents contacted the police on December 1st, 2008, and evidence indicates that the relationship had been carrying on since October of 2008.

While the news only came to light, Ms. Tolzien has been on administrative leave from the school since December, when the investigation started.  Charges were filed against her on Tuesday.  She had a bail set of $10,000, and she is due to appear in court on April 15th at the Cook County courthouse in Markham.

Although the actual crimes took place in 2008, I am adding here to the ever increasing list of teacher sex scandals for 2009 as she wasn’t booked by the police until this week.  This brings us to the fifth story/sixth teacher so far this year.

UPDATE 01/20/10: The student has now filed a lawsuit against both Sarah Tolzien and the school district.

UPDATE 05/01/10: Sarah L. Tolzien Sentenced

This women now joins the roll call of teacher sex scandals for 2009!

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