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Former Marion Teacher Charged

Former Marion Teacher Charged
By: Arnold Wyrick
 
Marion, Illinois - Police in Marion say a former high school teacher took a wrong turn with one of his female students.
 
Kyle Barton taught Drivers Education at Marion High School. But in February allegations of wrong doing by Barton with a 17-year-old female student surfaced. Now Barton faces criminal charges of Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Restraint, and Battery.
 
"These are allegations, but it's always disturbing when it's allegations of this nature, anytime it involves a student and a teacher," says Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati.
 
A short time after the Marion Police Department began their investigation into Barton's alleged actions he resigned as a teacher at the school. Now some folks in the community say any teacher caught doing something wrong with a student should be held accountable.
 
"They're teaching our kids and we're putting them in their hands all day long. I think they should be accountable for what they do," says Debra Karnes of Marion.
 
"Obviously if the charges are valid. I think it's very serious and something should be done. They've taken the responsibility, and they need to take it seriously," says Richard Robinson of Marion.
 
The allegations against the former teacher are even more upsetting for parents whose kids may have come in contact with him during his time at Marion High School.
 
"It's very concerning, and alarming. I mean when you send your children to school you think they're going to be safe. And you don't have to worry about these issues," says Kim Stilley of Marion.
 
Kyle Barton turned himself into the Williamson County Sheriff on Monday afternoon. And he posted his $20,000 bond and left the jail. He's scheduled to be back in court next month.
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