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Former Unit 5 teacher wanted in Nashville for rape, battery

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DECATUR — A former Unit 5 teacher is wanted in Nashville on charges of sexual battery and rape.

Jonathon Hovey, 49, was previously charged in McLean County, accused of sexually assaulting two students when he was a first grade teacher in the district. Those charges were dismissed in September when a prosecutor said material witnesses were not available for the case.

Hovey, of Forsyth, pleaded not guilty to those six charges — two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He signed a waiver of extradition Tuesday. He is being held by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and according to court records, he will be delivered to the charging agency in Tennessee.


Jonathon Hovey, left, with his attorney, Tristan Bullington, in front of Judge Scott Drazewski on Aug. 16, 2019, at the McLean County Law and Justice Center.

A public affairs officer from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said he is wanted on two charges: sexual battery and rape.

Further details on these charges, including the dates and locations for the alleged offenses, were not available Monday.

The state schools superintendent suspended the teaching license in October 2019. He taught at Glenn Elementary School in Normal.

Court documents said police were notified by a district staffer after a mother told them that her daughter reported inappropriate touching. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

McLean County mugshots

Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.


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