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10-year prison sentence for ex-Wheaton North H.S. teacher who had relationship with student

EdwKlemm / phofrom DuPage County State's Attorney's office

Edwin Klemm / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office

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Updated: June 26, 2013 5:22PM

A former Wheaton North High School teacher who engaged in sexual encounters with a female student in his classroom and his car was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

Edwin Klemm, 43, of St. Charles, was ordered to prison after admitting he carried on a 10-month sexual relationship with the student in 2011, beginning when she was 16 years old.

He was charged with criminal sexual assault last March after the teen’s parents discovered a love letter he had written to the girl, DuPage County prosecutors said. The married father had taught at the school for 13 years.

Klemm, who taught English and coached the speech team at the school, had sexual encounters with the teen at movie theaters, his car, his classroom and at least once inside his house while his was daughter was home, prosecutors said.

The sentence imposed by Judge George Bakalis will keep Klemm behind bars for more than eight years.

Bakalis also ordered Klemm to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Klemm, who had placed on unpaid leave by the school following his arrest, resigned his teaching position as part of his plea deal.

He offered a brief apology before being sentenced.

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