Ex-Madison County teacher gets 35 years for child sex abuse

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former southwestern Illinois teacher has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sexual abuse involving eight victims. Twenty-eight-year-old Jason E. Ehlers of Bethalto was sentenced Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court. Ehlers was a teacher in the Triad School District when he was charged in April 2014 with 10 felony counts and four misdemeanors involving assaults that took place at his home from 2011 to 2014. He pleaded guilty in December to five felonies and three misdemeanors as part of a plea bargain. Police and prosecutors say that no current or former students were among his victims. Ehlers resigned his teaching job after his arrest. He had previously taught at the Bethalto School District, also in Madison County.