Grade school sub arrested on sex crime warrant

COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- A substitute teacher was arrested after being accused of sexual assault.

Adrian Rivas was wanted for a warrant in Texas for indecency with a child. He was teaching at Jefferson Elementary School, in Charleston, when he was arrested.

He was taken into custody in the middle of the day, while teaching at school. School officials have not released any information to staff or families.

Rivas was arrested quietly so children didn't see what was happening, but it seems like they knew exactly what was going on. It seems it's all anyone is talking about.

Police say the U.S. Marshal Service asked for their help Thursday morning. They ran Rivas' name through their website and discovered the warrant. He appeared in court Friday morning.

If Rivas submitted his background check prior to January 19, the warrant wouldn't have appeared. The district's assistant superintendent says a background check was done prior to Rivas' hiring.

In court, he stated he'd lived in Coles County for a year. It's unclear whether the crime happened while he was visiting Texas or if he actually lived there.

Rivas currently has three options: He bonds out and voluntarily submits himself to Texas; he doesn't bond out, waves extradition and Texas picks him up; he does not bond out, does not wave extradition and the state of Texas has to proceed with a governor's warrant to have him brought there against his wishes. His bond is set at $5,000.


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