“Issue” holds up plea in Plainfield teacher sex case
BY JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com April 8, 2013 1:41PM
Ashley Blumenshine, 27, Plainfield North High School physical education teacher.
Updated: May 10, 2013 6:18AM
A former Plainfield North High School gym teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student in a department store parking lot rescheduled her guilty plea Monday because of an “issue” with the plea deal, her lawyer said.
Ashley M. Blumenshine, 29, of Lisle, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after she was allegedly found Jan. 4, 2011, in a car with a male student behind a department store on Route 59 in Plainfield. Last week Blumenshine and her attorney, George Lenard, told Will County Judge Edward Burmila they would be prepared to enter a plea Monday morning.
Blumenshine’s plea was rescheduled for April 19.
Lenard would not say what issue held up the plea. Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, declined to comment.
Blumenshine was a physical education and dance teacher from 2006 to 2011 in Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202. She coached golf at Plainfield North in 2008-09 and 2009-10. She was also a summer driver’s education teacher in 2008. She was an assistant cheerleading coach at Plainfield South during the 2006-07 school year.
Blumenshine resigned from her tenured position at Plainfield North after her arrest. She could lose her teaching license if found guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Blumenshine has been out on bond most of the time her case has been pending. As a term of her bond, Blumenshine was ordered to have no contact with minors to whom she is not directly related.