Madison County state’s attorneys have charged an assistant principal at Edwardsville High School with sexual assault.
In a news release, prosecutors stated 50-year-old Erin L. Hamilton-Foley of Edwardsville is facing two felony counts of criminal sexual assault. She was booked Tuesday and bond was set at $250,000. Court records show bond was posted Thursday and she was no longer in custody.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for June 2 with Circuit Judge Amy Maher presiding.
The victim was 17-years-old when the abuse happened. Hamilton-Foley “held a position of trust, authority or supervision” in relation to the victim, “being that she was an assistant principal and his assigned mentor,” the release reads.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine issued a statement following the announcement of charges, saying the well-being of children and vulnerable youths will always be a primary concern for his office.
“It is a crime when adults in positions of trust, authority and supervision over our youths – let alone their own students – manipulate that power dynamic for sex,” Haine said. “We take such crimes seriously, and prosecute them accordingly. Such actions undermine confidence in our schools and teachers while causing a great disruption in many personal relationships and throughout our community.”