Jennifer Espinosa, Maine East Teacher, Accused of Sex With 16-Year-Old

Jennifer Espinosa, a teacher at Maine East High School in suburban Chicago, has been arrested on accusations of having sex with a student. Espinosa is charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to Chicago-area media outlets.

Jennifer Espinosa: Maine East Teacher Arrested

Jennifer Espinosa was arrested on Saturday, when police say they found her in a car with illegal drugs inside. A 16-year-old boy was reportedly with her.

Investigators believe Espinosa had been having a sexual relationship with the boy for the past eight months. He is said to be a former student of hers prior to his expulsion last September. Espinosa, 38, taught science and special education at Maine East High School.

According to published reports, Espinosa told police she had been a “mentor” to the boy during his time at Maine East. She reportedly said the two had sex “numerous times,” both in her vehicle and in her home. She is quoted as saying the relationship did not begin until after the boy had left the school. She also is quoted as saying she “loves” the teenager.

Jennifer Espinosa is currently being held with bail set at $50,000. She is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

A spokesperson for school district has said Espinosa will be reassigned to non-classroom duty until the investigation is complete.