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Carterville coach, classroom aide arrested for solicitation of a child

Jeremy Cobb (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office) Jeremy Cobb (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

A man who served as a classroom aide at Carterville High School has been arrested on felony charges related to crimes against a child.

According to Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti, Jeremy Cobb, 27, of Cambria was taken into custody on Wednesday.

Cobb is charged with indecent solicitation of a child and grooming.

A person commits grooming when he uses an electronic device or online service to seduce, solicit, or entice a child to commit a sex offense, according to the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

Cobb appeared in court on Friday, August 26 in Williamson County. His charges were read, but plea was entered.

His bond was still $50,000.

Zanotti said the alleged victim in the case is a student at Carterville High School.

According to Zanotti, Cobb sent nude pictures of himself to the victim and asked her to come to his house for sex.

Cobb is also accused of sending nude pictures to himself to the girl's phone on a second occasion.

The offenses happened in May and June of this year.

Cobb was employed by the Special Education Department and contracted out to Carterville High School.

Initial reports said he was a Driver's Ed teacher, but Superintendent Keith Liddell said he was actually a classroom aide during the summer of 2016.

We are told he was also the freshman football coach at the school.

He is on administrative leave with pay, according to Zanotti.

Liddell said the district will continue to take any actions necessary to ensure students are safe and secure. He said the district will investigate the allegations and will "proceed as a confidential personnel matter."

Crystal Jiles' daughter goes to the high school. She said she believes school leaders should be more careful of who they allow in their classroom.

"I think there ought to be better screening," she said. "I think they really need to get really in depth with these people because they really are taking care of our children when they're there and we're here."

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