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Shorewood teacher facing child grooming charge released on bond

Lemuel V. Elechicon
Lemuel V. Elechicon

JOLIET – A former Shorewood schoolteacher who allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to a 13-year-old girl has been released from the Will County jail.

Lemuel V. Elechicon, 51, of Crest Hill, was released after posting $10,000 of his $100,000 bond on a charge of child grooming. Defense attorney Donald DeWilkins on Monday told Judge Art Smigielski that Elechicon is no longer working at Trinity Christian School.

Shorewood Deputy Chief Jason Barten said police were notified early last week that Elechicon and the teen had been exchanging text messages for about two months. The girl's parents contacted police after being notified by parents of a friend of the victim, according to Barten.

Barten said investigators interviewed Elechicon on Friday morning. According to the school's website, Elechicon was a sixth-grade sponsor and middle school teacher who has taught fourth- through eighth-grades. He specialized in teaching "science and biblical creationism," according to the website.

Smigielski ordered Elechicon to have no contact with any minors or the school while he is out on bond.

Barten said Monday police are unaware of any other inappropriate contact between Elechicon and other minors, but the matter remains under investigation.

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