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West Ottawa substitute teacher accused of having relationship with 16-year-old

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-27 21:52:42-04

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A long-term substitute teacher for Ottawa County Public Schools has been charged with sexual misconduct after police say she had a relationship with a student.

An investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has revealed a teacher, a 50-year-old-woman, has previously entered a relationship with a 16-year-old student.

The substitute teacher, Jill Edstrom, was charged on one count of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct on Oct. 26, 2021.

Court documents reveal Edstrom was having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old male staying in the family home.

A probable cause hearing is set for Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.

Those with information are urged to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office or Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT (745368).

The superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools released a statement:

"At West Ottawa Public Schools, the safety of our students is our top priority. We have been made aware of an ongoing investigation that involves a former employee of a temporary agency with whom we contract. While we are unable to provide additional details at this time, we will continue to cooperate fully with the Ottawa County Police Department."

Edustaff, which employs Edstrom, also released a statement:

Press Statement 10-27-21 by WXMI on Scribd