Crime & Courts

Woodstock music teacher charged with battery

WOODSTOCK – A music teacher at Olson Elementary School has been charged with battery for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old female student, police said.

Jeffrey M. Steurer, 39, of Caledonia, placed his hands on the buttocks of the girl in an incident during the school day that took place on Dec. 19, police said.

Steurer was charged with battery of an insulting and/or provoking nature. He was taken into custody on Sunday by the Boone County Sheriff's Office and is free on $1,500 bond.

Steurer has been on paid administrative leave since the incident, said District 200 Superintendent Ellyn Wrzeski.

The district has arranged a certified music teacher to fill in for Steurer, Wrzeski said.

The student reported the incident to school officials, who immediately called the police.

Woodstock police started an investigation, which involved numerous interviews, according to a news release.

Wrzeski said a lot of things need to be considered before determining whether Steurer comes back, such as what happens with the criminal charge, and the advice of the school district's attorney.

She added she had no other knowledge of other incidents or allegations involving Steurer.
Members of the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office, Department of Child and Family Services, and the Woodstock Child Advocacy Center assisted with the investigation, police said.

Steurer, who has been with the district since 2004, is a music teacher for first through fifth grade Olson Elementary School.

He has spent the past seven years at Olson. His other years in the district also were spent at elementary schools, Wrzeski said.

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