GENESEO, Ill (KWQC) – UPDATE Dec. 21 – Court documents from the Henry County States Attorney’s Office show Farrell is facing eight counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. The alleged offenses are noted as happening between May and July of 2015.
Photo: FARRELL, JAYME From HENRY COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE
Each charge is considered a Class 2 Felony. Farrell will be back in court on Jan. 2 for a pretrial hearing.
The Geneseo Police Department declined an interview on Dec. 21.
UPDATE – TV-6 also spoke with Superintendent Scott Kuffel, who provided further information on the allegations against Jayme Farrell.
According to Superintendent Kuffel, the Geneseo School District received the allegations late evening on Thursday, December 14. The district addressed the allegations with Farrell, in partnership with Geneseo Police, on the morning of Friday, December 15, before school began; he did not teach or enter the classroom that day. Instead, he left the building with an administrator.
On the morning of Tuesday, December 19, Farrell submitted his resignation, which was accepted by the school district.
Superintendent Kuffel would not comment on the nature of the allegations. However, he did say he was not aware of any information that indicated these allegations took place during the 2017-2018 school year.
Farrell was a math teacher at Geneseo High School. He was midway through his fifth year teaching at the school.
The Geneseo School District has already implemented a substitute teacher to take over Farrell’s classroom. The district was able to adjust classes and teachers’ workload to cover the class next semester, eliminating the need to hire a substitute or replacement teacher. Superintendent Kuffel says their focus is “keeping kids safe,” and moving forward in the new year.
Superintendent Kuffel also forwarded TV6 a letter sent out to parents and staff following Farrell’s resignation. The letter is posted in full below.
Dear Parents, Guardians, Administration, Staff and Board Members
I am writing to inform you that one of our high school math teachers, Mr. Jayme Farrell, resigned from our District on Tuesday afternoon. We were shocked to learn of the allegations of his inappropriate behavior with students. We only heard of this for the first time late last week. We immediately contacted the Geneseo Police Department and they launched an investigation. We have appreciated the professional support we have received from the Geneseo Police. We also contacted the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). At this point, it appears that the inappropriate contact was with former students and does not involve any students currently attending Geneseo High School in 2017-18.
Mr. Farrell did not return to his teaching assignment at any point after we were notified of these allegations. We currently have a substitute teacher for the math class and we already have begun the process of ensuring all classes will be appropriately staffed second semester.
We do the best we can to try to keep students and staff safe; and when behaviors such as these arise, we act as quickly and appropriately as we can, considering the laws for privacy and in the spirit of cooperating with law enforcement. While some of you have requested the District and Police Department share more information and at a quicker pace, we can only move as quickly as the many moving parts that are part of an investigation. While the investigation continues, we again want to assure you that we have done and are doing the best we can to keep the school environment safe.
We cannot share any more details at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Anyone having information relevant to this case should contact the Geneseo Police Department. Know that we will be speaking more directly to students and staff over the next 48 hours. We will also be providing counseling services for any students who may be upset with what has transpired and request assistance.
Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time.
Scott D. Kuffel
ORIGINAL STORY – On Wednesday, Dec. 20 the Geneseo Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for former Geneseo High School teacher 33-year-old Jayme K. Farrell of Morrison.
Farrell was arrested in Morrison for eight charges of sexual abuse. Illinois State Police Zone 2 investigations helped assist in the arrest.
A TV-6 viewer alerted the station saying a teacher at the high school was escorted off of school property on Friday, Dec. 15. When TV-6 reached out to officials, superintendent Scott Kuffel said no teachers were escorted from the school.
“No teachers were escorted from school,” Kuffel said. “There is a police investigation, but I am not at liberty to comment on that.”
This is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Geneseo Police Department at 309-944-5141 or Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324.
Farrell is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Farrell is being held on $200,000 bond.