Peoria School District 150 says it is taking accusations that a teacher had an ongoing sexual relationship with a student "very seriously."
In a written statement released Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Grenita Lathan said District 150 officials will fully cooperate with the Peoria Police Department's investigation into Roosevelt Magnet School band teacher Maury Beelman. Lathan says the District will also "continue to provide whatever support is necessary through the entire investigation."
Beelman's alleged relationship with the student began when the student was an eighth grade student of his. Investigators believe the two continued seeing one another until the student graduated high school.
The student apparently told a Peoria High School teacher about the relationship. The teacher on Monday relayed the information to the District, who later contacted police. Beelman was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with criminal sexual assault.
Police say both Beelman and the student admitted that they had been involved with one another.
A D150 spokesperson says Beelman has not been suspended or placed on leave since he does not work during summer vacation. He did not report to work Tuesday, which was the last day for teachers before the break.