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Devices returned to family of former teacher charged with sex abuse

Dayna Chidester, 50, Manhattan
Dayna Chidester, 50, Manhattan

Several smartphones and computers will be returned to the husband and daughter of a former teacher who is charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.

Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said the devices were found to “not have information pertinent to the case” against Dayna Chidester, 50, of Manhattan, who allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy with whom she also traded nude photos.

Chidester’s attorney, Steven Haney, said the Manhattan police still have possession of her Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

An iPhone 8 Plus, MacBook laptop, Google phone and black Shuttle computer that belonged to Chidester’s husband and daughter had no evidence in the case, he said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jeffrey Brown said Chidester and the boy communicated with each other via text messages that became sexual in nature, and also exchanged nude photos of each other.

Brown said child pornography charges may be forthcoming against Chidester but none have been filed since Chidester was arrested Jan. 3.

When asked if there would be child pornography charges in the case, Cheney said she couldn’t speculate.

“When charges are filed, charges are filed but I don’t want to speculate if something is going to be filed,” Cheney said.

Chidester allegedly confirmed that text messages and photos were sent electronically and that sexual physical contact had occurred with the boy, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

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