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Two teachers at the Reed-Custer school district have been accused of sex-related crimes and a lawsuit has been filed alleging hazing and sexual abuse. 

Last week, a Reed-Custer teacher was arrested by Will County law enforcement authorities on sex related charges.

On January 4, Dayna Chidester, 50, of Manhattan, was charged with six counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, both 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, 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 in Braidwood at the time the alleged conduct occurred, but the victim is not a Reed-Custer student.

In early December 2018, a music teacher at the Reed-Custer School District was accused of possessing child pornography.

Kevin Macha, 28, of Joliet, was arrested and charged with one count of possessing child porn.

Investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in August that Macha was using a social media platform to share child pornography.

During a police interview, Macha made incriminating statements and remains in the Will County Jail.

Macha had been teaching music for grades 5 through high school at Reed-Custer School District since August of 2015 and served as Band Director for the Joliet American Legion.

In late November 2018, a lawsuit was filed against the Reed-Custer School district by a parent of a teenager.

According to several published reports, the lawsuit claims a freshman football player was sexually abused and hazed during a football camp in July 2017 and alleges district staff members did not properly respond to the incident.

Reed-Custer Superintendent Mark Mitchell unequivocally deny the plaintiffs’ allegations, saying the district intends to vigorously defend the allegations and protect the reputation of the school district.