A teacher at West Oak Middle School near Mundelein was ordered held on $50,000 bond Sunday after being charged with molesting a student.
Nicole R. Jacobsen
, 39, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Scheller said.
Jacobsen, of the 8800 block of McKinley Drive in Barrington, was charged Saturday after being interviewed by detectives of the Lake County sheriff's office, Scheller said.
He said Jacobsen, an eighth-grade teacher at the school, molested the boy, an eighth-grade student, in a classroom at the school following a May 13 volleyball game.
The incident came to light, Scheller said, when the boy's 17-year-old brother found a message from Jacobsen on his brother's Facebook page
"The message was sent from the defendant's Facebook page," Scheller said. "It said 'I love you and can't wait to see you.'"
The older boy took a printout of the message to school officials, Scheller said, who confronted Jacobsen with the information on Tuesday.
Jacobsen denied sending the message and claimed someone must have hacked into her Facebook account, Scheller said, which she shut down that evening.
School officials contacted the sheriff's office after learning of the exchange about a week ago, Diamond Lake District 76 board President Keith Loeffler said.
Scheller said Jacobsen admitted to authorities she had sent the message and had molested the boy.