Sally Glaser, a 63 year-old teacher at the Center Early Childhood Programs, was arrested on April 1 for the alleged sexual assault of a four year-old student.
Glaser is facing four charges: sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child, unlawful sexual contact and child abuse. The sexual assault charges are felonies; unlawful sexual contact and child abuse are misdemeanors.
The preschool teacher appeared in Lake County District Court this afternoon without an attorney. Glaser told Judge Jonathan Shamis that she didn’t understand why the allegations had been brought against her.
“This is a parent’s worst nightmare,” the victim’s mother wrote in a letter to the court. “We live in constant fear.”
“I’ve never done anything to hurt this little girl,” Glaser protested. “This just tears me up.”
Shamis set Glaser’s bond at $25,000, cash or surety. She is currently in custody at Lake County Jail.
If Glaser does make bond, conditions will prohibit the preschool teacher from having contact with individuals under 18 years old.
Glaser, who has been placed on administrative leave from Lake County School District, has been employed by the district for over 25 years.
“This is obviously a very upsetting situation,” LCSD Superintendent Wendy Wyman wrote in a letter to parents. “We know that the trust between parents and schools, and children and teachers, is sacred, and we do everything in our power each and every day to uphold this trust.”
The superintendent said she will continue to update parents as the situation evolves. “Our primary concern is ensuring a safe environment for our children,” Wyman added.
Glaser will next appear in Lake County District Court on April 18 at 2 p.m.