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High School Social Worker Trainee Charged With Having Sex With Student In Her Car At Natures Preserve

January 19, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A Woman serving as a social worker in a Chicago Heights alternative high school during an internship toward her master’s degree was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student, prosecutors said in court Saturday.

Brandi D. Edwards, 26, of the 14900 block of Wilco Drive in Homer Glen, was charged with criminal sex assault and ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail in Cook County court Saturday.

The relationship began after Edwards wrote her cellphone number on the teen’s journal at the Rise Alternative High School in Chicago Heights. The two then exchanged sexual messages prior to their first meeting.

In November she picked the boy up at his home and had sex with him in her car behind his home, said Cinthya Lee Bassig, Cook County assistant state’s attorney.

The two had sex a second time on a different date inside her car near his home, a third time at a forest preserve and a fourth and final time at a hotel room she reserved, Lee Bassig said. The relationship lasted several months.

Edwards has no criminal background, Lee Bassig said.

Edwards has a bachelor’s degree and was working at the school as part of an internship to complete her master’s degree in social work, her attorney, Jim Ryan, said in court.

Edwards admitted to having sex with the boy, Lee Bassig said.

“Some days I’m baffled,” Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. said Saturday in court before setting her bail. Bourgeois also ordered Edwards be placed on electronic monitoring and have no contact with the boy.

“You better not set foot outside that house,” the judge told Edwards sternly.

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