Former high school teacher pleads guilty in student sex case
BY JANET LUNDQUIST Sun-Times Media email@example.com April 19, 2013 7:32PM
Ashley Blumenshine, 27, Plainfield North High School physical education teacher.
Updated: May 21, 2013 6:29AM
The former Plainfield North High School teacher who became embroiled in a sex scandal with a male student said she wishes “with all of my heart” that she could “take it back.”
Ashley Blumenshine, 29, of Marseilles, pleaded guilty Friday in Will County court to a felony charge of traveling to meet a minor, said her lawyer, George Lenard.
As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Blumenshine was sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days in jail, with day-for-day credit and credit for four days served, Lenard said.
Blumenshine, who surrendered to sheriff’s deputies Friday to serve her jail sentence, also will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years, Lenard said.
In a letter she wrote in January 2012 that was added to her court file on April 8, Blumenshine wrote that she wished she could undo her actions and that she has a hard time forgiving herself for what happened.
“In my wildest dreams I never would have thought that this turn of events would have happened to me,” she wrote. “Somewhere within a few months time, I lost Ashley.
“I can not take back what I did; I can only show everyone including myself that I am a good person and one who will never make the same mistake twice.”
Blumenshine was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after she was allegedly found Jan. 4, 2011, in a car with a male student behind a department store on Route 59 in Plainfield.
In her letter, Blumenshine apologized to the student and his family as well as her family, friends, former students and the school.
Blumenshine said she has been working as a bank teller, that she bought a house, began dating a church-going man, and that, “most importantly,” she found God again.
She also said she would like to go back to school to become a physical therapist.
Blumenshine resigned from her tenured position at Plainfield North after her arrest.