Crime

Illinois substitute teacher arrested on out-of-state charges of indecency with child

U.S. Marshals arrested a Charleston substitute teacher Thursday on suspicion of indecency with a child.

Adrian Rivas, described by the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier as an at-will substitute teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, was arrested at the school on a warrant out of Texas. He faces outstanding felony charges of indecency with a child.

Law enforcement took Rivas into custody outside the school building and away from the children’s view, according to the newspaper. District officials cooperated with the marshals and local police.

Charleston school officials said in a release that Rivas passed a criminal background check that included FBI fingerprinting as a condition of employment. Officials told the newspaper that they believe Rivas’ arrest warrant was issued after he passed his background check.

He worked intermittently as a substitute teacher, and his arrest was unrelated to his employment in the district, officials said.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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