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Ill. teacher faces sexual assault charges

TROY — A southwestern Illinois teacher is facing charges after authorities say he sexually assaulted two children.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 36-year-old Jason E. Ehlers of Bethalto was charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault and two counts of criminal sexual assault in Madison County Circuit Court.

Court officials say Monday that he has not yet entered a plea and does not yet have an attorney.

Authorities say the alleged assaults occurred in 2010 and 2011. The children were not Ehlers' students.

School officials say Ehlers is now on administrative leave from his job as a teacher at Silver Creek Elementary School in Troy. The town is 20 miles east of St. Louis.

Ehlers has been jailed on $250,000 bond.

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