A suburban high school teacher suspected of sexual misconduct with students is now on leave.
This is all coming to light after a graduate of Downers Grove North High School, riding a wave of national attention as others speak or against alleged sexual misconduct, decided now was her time to do the same.
She's since contacted police and the teacher is on administrative leave.
In a Facebook post from November 20th, Jennifer Boudinot writes that the teacher, whom we are not naming because he has not been charged with a crime, used "his position of power to take advantage of her and her classmates."
"It was really shocking because when these things happen to you, when you're so young, you don't understand them,” Jennifer said.
Boudinot, a 1999 graduate, says the teacher made "adult" comments toward her in an online chat room. And after posting to Facebook about it recently, she says others began commenting that they had similar experiences, ranging from lewd comments to sexual assault.
“I knew this guy was doing inappropriate stuff when I was a student and when I was a student, I didn't understand enough to know what to do and now I do,” Jennifer said.
Downers Grove police refer to their investigation as being in its early stages.
The school district says they don't comment on personnel matters, but told parents about the allegations in an email Tuesday afternoon.
“I don't want to do anything bad to the community, but I feel like it's my duty to report this and I also feel like this teacher - I want to make sure he can't teach again,” Jennifer said.
She says she has started an email address to have others who believe they've had inappropriate contact with this teacher to contact her. Jennifer says so far, she's heard from people with experiences as recently as last year.
She says others are in the process of getting legal representation before making their stories public.