Rylee VanMelkebeke, 26 year old former physical education, drivers education, and coach at Streator High School in Streator, Illinois has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his alleged sexual relationship with a 16 year old female student.
VanMelkebeke was arrested in May 2015 after his name came up to police in connection to an investigation of him having an inappropriate relationship with a student, though officials say the alleged incident did not occur on school grounds.
VanMelkebeke pleaded guilty in October 2015 to a single count of criminal sexual assault of a child, and because of the position of authority that VanMelkebeke held as a teacher, the possible penalty for the crime was increased, as he faced a possible 15 years in prison.
VanMelkebeke avoided a second count of criminal sexual assault of a child that was part of his original arrest, as a result of his guilty plea to the single count. VanMelkebeke likely date of release is May 11th, 2021, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website.
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