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Former Plainfield North High School gym teacher Ashley Blumenshine apologized as she was sentenced to 11 days in jail and 10 years on the state's sex offender registry.

A tearful Ashley Blumenshine choked out an apology between sobs after pleading guilty to having sex with a teenage student from the high school where she was a teacher.

"I will forever be humbled and remorseful for my actions," Blumenshine, a former Plainfield North gym teacher, said before she was handcuffed and led away to the Will County jail Friday morning to serve 11 days behind bars.

The actual sentence was 30 days but it was halved by day-for-day credit. Blumenshine already served four of the remaining 15 days before she was released on bond.

In addition to the time in jail, Blumenshine, 30, was put on sex offender probation for two years and will be placed on the Illinois sex offender registry for 10 years.

Blumenshine faced much harsher penalties but prosecutors dropped a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and replaced it with a charge of traveling to meet a minor, a class three felony.

The minor Blumenshine traveled to meet in January 2011 was in the parking lot of the Kohl's on Route 59. And when she met the 16-year-old Plainfield North junior, she had sex with him.

Blumenshine and the boy had texted each other to set up the rendezvous, said Assistant State's Attorney Frank Byers.

Plainfield police officers reportedly noticed two cars parked alone together in the Kohl's lot, and when they went to investigate, found Blumenshine and the teen in one of the vehicles. The boy was "attempting to get dressed" in the back seat, Byers said, and both he and Blumenshine admitted they had just had sex.

After her arrest, Blumenshine was subjected to a sex offender evaluation. Both her attorney, George Lenard, and Byers  said the evaluation showed there is a "very low risk" of her having sex with another teenage boy.

In a letter filed in court last week, Blumenshine said she has turned her life around.

"I have been holding down a 'Teller Position' at the Marseilles Bank for the last year," she wrote in the letter. "I bought a house and settled back into small town living again. I also met a nice young man who plays in the church band and we have been together for the past five months. But, most importantly I found God again."

Blumenshine pointed to the death of her mother, when Blumenshine herself was in high school, as the point her life started unraveling.

"Since being arrested and hitting rock bottom I have begun to find myself," she said in her letter. "Every now and then God puts people in the middle of a storm so that they can find strength in him again and I have. I know that he has forgiven me for my sins, but it is hard to forgive myself for what I did. I wish with all my heart I could take it back, but I can't."

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dmn18 April 23, 2013 at 06:34 AM
Although I could never do what she did, they were both in the wrong! He is old enough to know what he is doing so noone should feel bad for him. It is not like she took advantage of him or forced herself upon him...they made a decision together! I do agree that if this was flip flopped and it was an older male having sex with an underage girl he would definitely be in a lot more trouble...which is ridiculous but thats just how society is...its a shame! & I do feel that she wanted to do what she did as much as he did...but since she got caught and is being called outand punished she just wishes she never did it but she definitely wanted it at that time. It makes me think...what would have happened if they never got caught? Would they still be seeing eachother? & one more thing...if you know what your doing is illegal why the hell would you be in a public parking lot? Lol
KK7 April 24, 2013 at 03:54 AM
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"
Kurt5 April 24, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Are you joking? The kid is underage, so she is the one who is criminally liable. As others have written, if a man did this to an underage girl, he would have definitely received some serious prison time. Either male abusers should receive more lenient sentences or the female abusers should start receiving tougher sentences.
Jax April 30, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Blame Glasgow he don't punish woman with the law the same way he does men
WNHS parent June 30, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Wheaton teacher Ed Klemm just received a 10-year sentence for committing the same crime. That's a big difference, don't you think?

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