Huntley cheerleading coach arrested in theft

HUNTLEY –A Huntley High School cheerleading coach recently was charged with theft after she allegedly took a student's iPod and cellphone from a school bathroom.

Police charged Kimberlee Hoffmann, 42, with theft of mislaid or lost property, a Class A misdemeanor, on Sept. 11. Hoffmann is the junior varsity cheerleading coach who has also been teaching at the district for nine years.

The incident happened after the student went into a school bathroom Sept. 5 to change clothes for an extra curricular activity, Huntley Police Chief John Perkins said. The student placed her iPod Touch and Motorola Atrix cellphone in a stall and left the bathroom at the same time Hoffmann entered it.

Hoffmann and the items were gone when the student returned to the bathroom five minutes later, after she realized she forgot the items, Perkins said. Hoffmann and the student were the only people in the bathroom at the time of the incident, he said.

Days later, the police traced the cellphone to Hoffmann's Marengo address through its GPS.

Hoffmann returned the items after police confronted her about the incident on Sept. 10, Perkins said. Music, videos and photos all were erased on the iPod, while the phone remained intact.

District 158 officials weren't immediately available for comment. Hoffmann earned $68,000 in 2011 as a full-time special education teacher, according to the Family Taxpayer Foundation.

She's scheduled to appear in court Oct. 19.

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