Trial for ex-teacher charged with sex abuse delayed again

Trial for ex-teacher charged with sex abuse delayed again

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Nicole Jacobsen, 42. (Lake County Sheriff's Office) Nicole Jacobsen, 42. (Lake County Sheriff's Office)
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A trial scheduled Monday for a former teacher at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein, accused of abusing a 14-year-old student almost four years ago, has been delayed again, the Lake County News-Sun is reporting.

Nicole Jacobsen, 42, of Barrington, faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in the case, which has seen several delays since her arrest in May 2010.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released following her arrest after paying $5,000 of a $500,000 bond.

She also resigned after being charged.

At a pretrial hearing Friday, defense attorneys said they had not had a chance to go over updated investigative reports with Jacobsen, and a new pretrial hearing of May 7 was set in the case.

Jacobsen was an eighth-grade teacher at West Oak when the incident involving a 14-year-old male student allegedly occurred in a school classroom on May 13, 2010, after a volleyball game at the school.

School officials said Jacobsen was in her first year with the school, where she was working as an LD resource teacher, providing help to students who needed extra assistance, when the abuse allegedly occurred.

An investigation was initiated after the boy's 17-year-old brother found messages on the 14-year-old's Facebook account between the boy and Jacobsen, including one from the teacher that read "I love you and can't wait to see you," according to authorities.

Jacobsen allegedly admitted to Lake County Sheriff's investigators that she sent the Facebook messages and confessed to the May 13 incident.

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