MARION — A Johnston City High School teacher has been arrested and charged with multiple sex crimes against a minor.
Johnston City High School math teacher Trevor L. Clark was charged Friday with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and four counts of criminal sexual assault of a minor between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, according to the complaint filed in Williamson County.
The complaint alleges that between 2000 and 2004, Clark, now 50, committed several sexual acts on an unnamed female, including placing her hand on his genitals, as well as both vaginal and oral penetration. According to the court document, many of the acts were committed at Washington Middle School in Johnston City, where he was employed.
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The sexual abuse charges are Class 2 felonies and carry a potential sentence of between three and seven years in prison per count. The assault charges are Class 1 and come with a sentencing range of four to 15 years in prison per count.
According to a statement from the Johnston City Community Unit School District No. 1, the district was informed of the arrest and ongoing investigation on Friday. It also says the safety and security of students is paramount as is the appropriateness of the educational environment. The statement says the district will begin an internal investigation of its own into the alleged offenses, which it says will be prompt and thorough.
Clark coached the Johnston City baseball team last season.
According to court records website Judici, the case is being handled by Appellate Prosecutor Lorinda Lamken. A motion filed March 19 by Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti’s Office indicates a potential conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety should his office handle the case as the reason for requesting a special prosecutor take it on.
Ten percent of the $500,000 bond was posted Monday and a preliminary hearing was set for 1:15 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Williamson County Courthouse in Marion.
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