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Former Morton teacher faces aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges; affidavit goes into explicit details

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MORTON (WEEK) -- A former teacher at Morton High School who resigned September 17 after an investigation of an "inappropriate relationship" involving a student has been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse with a minor, a Class 2 felony, court records show.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Erin Kemp admitted to school administrators of an inappropriate relationship with a student for around a month.

The relationship included kissing and inappropriate touching, but she denied any touching would be considered sexual in nature.

The affidavit goes onto say that on September 21, the Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center interviewed the student -- who said numerous acts of sexual contact had occurred.

A Morton Police detective downloaded the contents of the student's phone. That revealed text conversations between Kemp and the student that were "of a nature inconsistent with a teacher-student relationship."

Some of those messages included Kemp telling the student that she loved him and wanted to spend an entire day alone with him, along with expressing concern that he would "move on" from her.

Kemp is due back in court December 28.

Jason Howell

Producer at 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC

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