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home : local news : local news February 06, 2016

11/26/2013 2:20:00 PM
RHS teacher suspended, faces abuse charges
A Robinson High School teacher is facing a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after his arrest at 2:17 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of West Pine.

Health and physical education teacher Levi Damron, 30, is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old female student, according to Robinson police.

According to an email sent by Superintendent Josh Quick to Unit 2 parents, Damron, who is also the RHS head wrestling coach, "has been suspended from all teaching and coaching duties until further notice."

RHS administrators notified Robinson police and the Department of Children and Family Services immediately when they became aware of a potential problem and have cooperated fully in the investigation, Quick added.

Quick also said the Unit 2 school board was planning a special meeting on an unrelated matter for Dec. 2. If any action in the Damron case is possible, the board will handle it during that meeting.

Damron is in Crawford County Jail on $10,000 bond awaiting a hearing before a judge, possibly this afternoon.

In apparent recognition of the increasing impact of local social media, Robinson police took the unusual step of warning citizens about discussing the case.

"Due to the sensitive nature of this allegation, and the probable public murmurings that it may produce, the Robinson Police Department asks for the public to use good judgment in their public discussion of this case," police said in a press release. "The discussion of these sorts of cases on social media, and other outlets, can sometimes be detrimental to not only the legal aspects of the case, but also to the well-being of those close to the case."

People who are not charged can be harmed by the rumors and stories spread through speech and social media, said Robinson Police Officer Bryon Danks told the Daily News.

This is the first local case of a teacher being accused of sexual misconduct with a student since 2004, when, within four days in March, a Palestine High School coach resigned after being charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a 16-year-old girl, and a female RHS teacher did the same in connection with involvement with a male student.

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