Former Freeport Teacher Faces Sexual Abuse Charges

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

A former Orangeville High School teacher is back in Freeport to face sexual abuse charges.

The FBI has caught and returned Jason Ernsting, who has been on the run since November of 2001. He was captured by the FBI in Slidell, Louisiana several weeks ago.

Ernsting left Freeport in 2001 before he could be arrested on a warrant for two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Authorities say Ernsting abused a 15-year-old girl in his apartment in Freeport. He's being held in the Stephenson County Jail on $20,000 bond.


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