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January 20 2010

Student Sues Teacher And School District Over Sexual Affair

Sarah L. TolzienSarah L. Tolzien, a former English teacher and cross country coach at Rich South High School in Richton Park, IL, has been sued over the affair she had with a then 16-year-old student.

This is a new twist to the teacher student sex scandals.  Last March I brought you the story of Sarah L. Tolzien who had been accused of having sex twice in Nov. 2008 while she was an English teach and cross country coach.  The accusation was that she had twice given a member of the boy’s cross country team a ride home and reportedly had sex with him.  At the time Ms. Tolzien was 24-years-old, and the student was 16.  In Dec. 2008 Ms. Tolzien resigned from the school district after being put on administrative leave.

The Chicago Sun-Times is now reporting that on Tuesday the boy filed suit as “John Doe” in the Cook County Circuit, seeking at least $50,000 from the Rich Township High School District 227 and former teacher Ms. Tolzien.  The damages are being sought for “intentional infliction of severe emotional distress.”

Neither Ms. Tolzien or the school district have chosen to comment on the lawsuit.

This is the first I have ever heard of such an occurrence in one of these cases, but if he’s successful, I highly doubt it will be the last time.

UPDATE 05/01/10Sarah L. Tolzien Sentenced



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