Troy teacher charged with sexual assault of two minors

News-DemocratApril 11, 2014 

A Bethalto man has been charged for criminal sexual assault two children.

Jason E. Ehlers, 36, was charged in Madison County Friday with two counts of predatory sexual assault and two counts of criminal sexual assault. The charges stem from alleged assault of a child under 13 that occurred on or about Sept. 1, 2010, through March 1, 2011, and another alleged assault of another child under 18 on or about July 1, 2011, through July 1, 2012.

Ehlers had been a teacher at Silver Creek Elementary School in Troy. Bethalto Police have reported that Ehlers is a former teacher of Bethalto Community Unit School District 8 and a former administrator of Southwestern Community Unit School District 9. Police said their investigation indicates none of Ehlers' current or former students were victims.

Parents were alerted Friday afternoon and told that Ehlers had been placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation.

Bethalto Police have Ehlers in custody. His bail is set at $250,000.