SHOREWOOD – An area teacher was arrested Friday on a felony charge of grooming.
According to Shorewood police, Lemuel V. Elechicon, 51, of Crest Hill, sent inappropriate text messages to a 13-year-old girl. Authorities would not confirm if the girl was one of Elechicon's students at Trinity Christian School in Shorewood.
Grooming occurs when a person knowingly uses a device or online service “capable of electronic data storage or transmission to seduce, solicit, lure or entice” a child, according to state law.
"We are working with police to investigate the situation," Trinity Christian School Board Chairman Frederick S. Alexander said in a written statement issued Saturday. "Mr. Elechicon has been placed on administrative leave and will remain on leave until the investigation is complete. Please understand, we cannot comment further at this point."
Trinity Christian School's website lists Elechicon as a sixth-grade sponsor and middle school teacher who has experience teaching fourth through eighth grades and specializes in “science and biblical creationism.”
The website for the school also states that Elechicon holds bachelor's degrees in elementary education and biblical studies from Faith Baptist Biblical College in Ankeny, Iowa.
Elechicon's court date was set for Saturday.