UPDATE: Local High School Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault Resigns


UPDATE: BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- The Belvidere North High School teacher accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old student has resigned.

30-year-old Jenee Blackert of Poplar Grove was charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault in August after police were notified of the alleged inappropriate contact in late July.

The Belvidere School Board unanimously voted to accept Blackert's meeting during a meeting on Tuesday.


BELVIDERE (WIFR) – A Belvidere North High School teacher is charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old student.

30-year-old Jenee Blackert of Poplar Grove is charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault, two of the alleged incidents with her female student happened between March 1st and May 16th. Police say the other two happened on June 28th.

Blackert was arrested yesterday and later released on bond. On July 28th, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report about the incident. After further investigation, they learned Blackert had sexual contact with the student. We’re told the incident did not happen at school. Blackert is a social studies teacher at Belvidere North. We spoke to one student who was supposed to have Blackert as a teacher in the fall. Blackert was also her assistant softball coach 3 years ago.

“I’m just in complete shock and I honestly don’t believe it until I were actual evidence,” said senior Leah Gorham.

If convicted on all four counts of criminal sexual assault, she could face up to 60 years in prison. Blackert will make her first court appearance on August 23rd.
Belvidere Superintendent, Michael Houselog says they can’t comment in detail since this is a personnel issue but says they’re cooperating with the investigation. He also tells us Blackert is currently on unpaid leave.


BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- A Belvidere North High School teacher is facing charges of criminal sexual assault after allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old student.

On Thursday, August 8th, 2013, the Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested 30-year-old Jenee Blackert, of Poplar Grove, in connection with a sexual assault. Blackert was later released from the Boone County Jail on $50,000 (10%) bond.

On Sunday, July 28th, Boone County Sheriff's Deputies took a report regarding a 17-year-old student at Belvidere North High School having inappropriate contact with a Belvidere North High School Teacher.

After further investigation, the Boone County Sheriff's Department learned Blackert had sexual contact with the student. We're told the incident did not occur at the school.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff's Department at 815-544-2144 or Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867.

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony punishable by 4-15 years in the Department of Corrections.


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