DeKalb police began investigating Eames on Aug. 10 after a police officer checking the Barb City YMCA, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb, after hours found her working out with a student, DeKalb Police Lt. Bob Redel said. The late hour seemed curious to the officer, so police examined the surveillance video for the time the two were there and saw them holding hands, Redel said.
Eames did not immediately return messages seeking comment Wednesday.
Eames’ bond was set at $75,000 Wednesday in DeKalb County Court; she posted $7,500 bail and was released with orders not to have contact with the alleged victim or other minors, records show. She is next due in court Sept. 17. If convicted of the more serious charge, criminal sexual assault, she could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison; probation would not be an option.
Sycamore School District 427 Superintendent Kathy Countryman said Eames was a second-year math teacher at the high school. Countryman said Eames was placed on paid leave Tuesday morning after Sycamore school officials were notified of the police investigation.
Countryman said administrators have been working with Sycamore police, including the school resource officer, although DeKalb police are leading the investigation. On Wednesday, administrators sent an email to staff members notifying them of the charges against Eames before sending a letter to parents district-wide, she said.
“It’s a personnel issue that once we know more from the investigation, the board will take appropriate action,” Countryman said.
DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Doug Moeller confirmed that Eames had been placed on administrative leave from her position as swim coach, for which she received a stipend from the district.
“Any time there are charges made against a coach, they are obviously relieved of their coaching duty,” Moeller said. “If there are charges, then obviously we don’t want them interacting with our students.”