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A former Reed Custer High School Teacher facing eight sex related charges will get to attend Joliet Junior College while out on bond.

In January of 2019, Dayna Chidester, 50, of Manhattan, was charged with six counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, all class two felonies, one count of Indecent Solicitation of a Child, a class three felony and one count of Unlawful Grooming, a class four felony.

During the investigation by the Manhattan Police Department, a 14-year-old male victim stated the relationship with Chidester included messages and photos sent electronically as well as sexual contact on numerous occasions.

Chidester was a high school teacher at Reed-Custer School District at the time the alleged conduct occurred, but the victim is not a Reed-Custer student. 

The Braidwood Police Department said Chidester allegedly had contacted at least five other students as well. Chidester submitted her resignation the day before she was arrested, which was January 3.

Chidester’s bond was originally set at $1 million, but that was lowered to $250,000 by a Will County Judge in later January.

In a Will County courtroom on Wednesday, a Will County Judge grant a motion to allow Chidester to have contact with Joliet Junior College for purposes of attending classes, as well as limited internet usage to gain employment, take care of financial responsibilities and educational purposes.

Court records show the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office objected to the motion.

Meanwhile, Chidester, who remains free on bond, is advised that no communications with the victim shall be made by any means, third party or otherwise.

Chidester also shall continue to have no contact with minors.

Chidester is due back in court on September 25th.