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Alton middle school teacher charged in 20-year-old sexual abuse case

Child sexual abuse statistics in the United States

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
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One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

An Alton middle school teacher has been charged with the sexual abuse of a high school student more than 20 years ago.

William C. Ingersoll, 51, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor from 1998 to 2000. According to the Alton Police Department, he was charged Tuesday with one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Madison County Court.

Officer Emily Hejna, a spokesperson for the department, said Ingersoll was employed by the school district at the time of his arrest.

In a release, police wrote that the victim, after hearing of a teacher charged with sex crimes in the fall of 2018, reached out to a trusted former high school teacher about having a sexual relationship with Ingersoll for those two years. That teacher then alerted the school district, who brought the information to Alton police to investigate.

Police arrested Ingersoll on Wednesday after a months-long investigation that included interviews across state lines, the release stated. His bail was set at $250,000, but he was released when a family member posted a $25,000 cash bond.

There is no information to suggest that other students have been targeted, the police department stated through a release, but if there are, police suggest contacting them at 618-463-3505.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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