MENDOTA — John G. Holzman, 56, of 600 19th St., Mendota was taken into custody around 3 p.m. Monday on felony charges stemming from an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct of a student who was at least 13 but under 18 years of age

The investigation was opened on May 8 while Holzman was a teacher and volleyball coach at Mendota High School. His sudden retirement was accepted after the board of education called a special meeting where they met behind closed doors for an hour on May 28.

At the conclusion of the regular Mendota High School Board of Education meeting Monday, superintendent Jeff Prusator addressed the felony char…

According to a press release from Mendota Police Department, the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s office filed the Class 1 felony of criminal sexual assault and a Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge on Friday. If convicted, he could face 4-15 years in prison on the Class 1 felony charge and 3-7 years for the Class 2 felony.

Police said they collected witness statements, electronic messages, phone records, data and photographs during the course of the investigation.

Holzman’s bond was set at $150,000; he posted $15,000 and was released.

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