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Chicago-area teacher faces 12 sexual assault counts

VERNON HILLS – A school board in Vernon Hills has fired an assistant soccer coach who faces sexual assault charges and a judge has refused to reduce her $1 million bail.

The Monday night vote was unanimous to fire 28-year-old Cori Beard of Vernon Hills. She was charged last week with a dozen counts of criminal sexual assault. Police said those charges stem from actions involving two current students.

Vernon Hills Deputy Police Chief Patrick Zimmerman said investigators were working on charges related to third current student. He said four former students came forward over the weekend as well.

On Tuesday, a judge refused attorney Barry Sheppard’s request to reduce the bail to $250,000 so that Bear’s family might post bond for her release from the Lake County Jail.

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