38 year old Jason E. Ehlers, of Bethalto, was sentenced in Madison County Court Wednesday, on sexual abuse charges for crimes that occurred between 2011 and 2014.
At the time of the charges, Ehlers was a teacher in the Triad School District and a former teacher in the Bethalto School District.
In 2015, Ehlers pled guilty to one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class X Felony, one count of Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class 1 Felony, three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a Class 2 Felony, one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a Class 4 Felony, and two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor. Eight separate victims were involved in the crimes. Officials report that no current or former students of Ehlers were his victims. The abuse occurred in Ehlers’ home and the victims knew Ehlers prior to the crimes.
Ehlers was sentenced to 20 years for one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child and 15 years on one count of Criminal Sexual Assault. These sentences will be served consecutively and Ehlers will be required to serve at least 85% of the sentence. Ehlers was also sentenced to 7 years each on the three Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse charges, 3 years on the felony Sexual Exploitation of a Child charge and 364 days in jail on the two misdemeanor Sexual Exploitation charges. These will run concurrent to the sentences on the Class X and 1 felonies.