A grown woman enticing a 14-year-old high school student into having sex with her is certainly a terrible thing. In fact, in Illinois, it is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, even though you could still get off with probation.
It’s impossible to quantify such an iniquity, to measure it in hard figures. Unless, of course, you’re a judge. They do it all the time. Judge Theodore Jarz, in fact, did something like it for 50-year-old Dayna Chidester a few days ago.
Chidester was in jail and facing charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation and grooming. The allegations involved Chidester, who up until recently was a teacher at Reed-Custer High School, enticing a 14-year-old boy into having sex with her, a prosecutor said.
The prosecutor, Jeffrey Brown, asked Judge Jarz to set Chidester's bond at $2 million. That’s the same amount another Will County judge, Bennett Braun, set for a different teacher who was in jail.