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Crime & Courts

Ottawa High School staffer charged with assaulting student

Alex Fuentes
Alex Fuentes

An Ottawa High School teacher's aide and assistant wrestling coach was arrested Friday on a charge he sexually assaulted a female student.

Alex Jacob-Guadalupe Fuentes, 22, Marseilles, is charged with sexually assaulting and sexually abusing a girl in April at the school. Fuentes was arrested at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center by Ottawa police and taken to the county jail, needing $10,000 cash to make bond.

School Superintendent Michael Cushing said school officials learned of allegations against Fuentes on Nov. 28. They then removed Fuentes from the school environment and contacted Ottawa police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for investigation. Fuentes turned in his resignation Dec. 4 and an arrest warrant was issued Wednesday.

Cushing encouraged anyone, who ever has concerns about student safety, to contact school officials.

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