A recently discovered love letter prompted an investigation of a Wheaton North High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student, a DuPage County prosecutor said today.
Bond was set at $600,000 for Edwin Klemm, a St. Charles resident and 13-year teacher at the school.
Prosecutors alleged in a bond hearing this morning that Klemm, 43, initiated the relationship in 2011 with the student, who was then 16.
He was charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault, and could face up to 44 years in prison, according to prosecutors.
Assistant State’s Atty. Ann Celine O’Hallaren said the girl told investigators that she and Klemm engaged in sex acts in school classrooms, at his residence when his wife and daughter were not home and in his vehicle.
“This defendant held a position of trust and authority,” O’Hallaren told Judge Elizabeth Sexton.
The student ended the relationship in November 2011.
Her parents found a love letter that Klemm had written to the student, which triggered the investigation, O’Hallaren said.
The student, who now attends college, met with investigators last week and gave details that led to Klemm’s arrest, the prosecutor said.
O’Hallaren asked the judge to set an $800,000 bond, but Sexton set it at $600,000, meaning Klemm would need to post $60,000 cash.
Should he post bond, Klemm will be required to wear a GPS monitoring unit.
Klemm has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation and a social worker has been assigned to sit in Klemm's classes, according to a statement from Community Unit School District 200. The statement also notes that, to the knowledge of district officials, no other students -- current or former -- were involved.