UPDATE: Thomas Odon Accepts Plea Deal

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

From the Winn. Co State’s Attorney: Thomas Odon, 24, a teacher at Winnebago High School, has been charged with 2 Counts Criminal Sexual Assault and 4 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse involving a student at Winnebago High School. 

-Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class 1 Felony with a sentencing range of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, non-probationable,  followed by 3 years Mandatory Supervised Release.

-Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse is a Class 2 Felony with a sentencing range of 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by 2 years Mandatory Supervised Release.

These charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the court of law.

UPDATE: WINNEBAGO (WIFR) – The Winnebago band teacher accused of having sex with one of his students has accepted a plea deal.

In exchange for pleading guilty, Thomas Odon spent two days in jail and will spend the next 30 months on probation. He also isn’t allowed to have any contact with his victim who was 15 at the time and must register as a sex offender.

We’re told his final court appearance was on Friday.


WINNEBAGO (WIFR) -- A Winnebago High School band teacher has been accused of having sex with a 15-year-old female student.

24-year-old Thomas Odon taught band during the 2010-2011 school year. He was arrested Dec. 21 in Arlington Heights. He faces six counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato is urging other victims to come forward.

Teaching band at Winnebago High School was Odon's first full-time job out of college.

He was removed from the classroom the first week of school after administrators heard rumors he was having a sexual relationship with a student during summer break. His job brought him in contact with high school, middle school, and 5th-grade students.

Odon was a substitute band teacher for Round Lake School District 216 in the spring of 2010. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 and played the tuba in the Rockford Wind Ensemble.

Parents weren't notified of the alleged incidents until Dec. 22. He officially resigned on October 17th. He hasn't been allowed on school grounds since the first week of classes back in August.

He posted a $10,000 bond on Dec. 22 to get out of the Winnebago County Jail. He is not allowed to have any contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Calls to his cell phone were not returned before press time.


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