A Bethalto man who worked in three school districts in the area has pleaded guilty to a number of sex crimes. 38-year old Jason E. Ehlers has pleaded guilty to a single count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a count of criminal sexual assault, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and three misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
The alleged abuse took place at Ehler's home between 2011 and 2014 while he served as a teacher in the Triad School District and authorities believe the victims knew the defendant prior to the abuse. Ehlers had previously served as a teacher in the Bethalto Community School District and administrator in the Southwestern Community School District. Bethalto Police previously stated that no current or former students in the Bethalto School District were victims in this case. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office plans to ask for a sentence of 35 years. Ehlers will remain in custody at the Madison County Jail.