A Bethalto man who served various roles with three different area school districts has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty in December to a number of sex crimes against children. 38-year old Jason E. Ehlers has pleaded guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, one count of criminal sexual assault, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and three misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons told The Big Z at the time of the plea his office was seeking a 35-year sentence.
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Ehlers had most recently served as a teacher at Silver Creek Elementary School in Troy. He had previously served as a teacher in the Bethalto School District and was a former administrator in the Southwestern Community School District. He will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence.