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Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake South teacher accused of having 'inappropriate communication' with student, police say

Jay Mueller
Jay Mueller

Police are investigating allegations that a Crystal Lake South teacher and coach had “inappropriate communication” with a juvenile student, a police official said.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services notified police Monday about the alleged communication between head girls soccer coach and chemistry teacher Jay Mueller and a student, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said in an email. Kotlowski did not provide further details about the nature of the alleged communication, but said there is no known threat of violence to any student.

It’s too early in the investigation to know whether charges will be filed, Kotlowski said. Police notified Community High School District 155 officials Tuesday morning about the criminal investigation, he said. Later that day, the district sent a note to parents, informing them that Mueller had been placed on paid administrative leave while police conduct their criminal investigation.

Reached by email Wednesday, district spokeswoman Rochelle LeBreck said, “We have nothing further to share, as with any personnel matter it will remain confidential. As stated previously, we will continue to cooperate fully with the Crystal Lake Police Department as they conduct their investigation.”

Mueller earns a base salary of $102,027, according to an Aug. 22 salary and benefits report. He could not be reached for comment.

The district has asked that anyone with information about the situation contact the Crystal Lake Police Department or a school administrator.

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