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A 1st grade teacher is charged with solicitation of child sexual abuse material

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A man who taught first grade at New Baden Elementary School and coached girls’ sports teams for Wesclin Community Unit School District 3 is facing a federal charge accusing him of soliciting child sexual abuse material.

The U.S. attorney reports 25-year-old Jonathan Villmer of New Baden was charged via criminal complaint and is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois.

The case was initiated by an otherwise unrelated investigation by the Carmi Police Department regarding the distribution of child sexual abuse material. That investigation led to an account soliciting the material on Snapchat that law enforcement connected to Villmer.

According to court documents, after obtaining a search warrant for Villmer’s Snapchat account, police discovered explicit conversations with a 13-year-old minor.

If convicted, Villmer could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

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