Coach resigns after arrest

High school teacher faces charges after reportedly watching teen girls in hot tub

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

GLASFORD - An Illini Bluffs High School teacher and boys' varsity basketball coach resigned Tuesday, two days after his arrest outside a rural Glasford home where he apparently was watching teenage girls in a hot tub, police said.

Ian M. McDonald, 31, posted $200 cash bail about nine hours after being booked into the Peoria County Jail on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Illini Bluffs Superintendent Randy Stueve said McDonald, 103 N. Walnut, Apt. 5, Glasford, did not come to school Monday and he submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday. McDonald was in his second year teaching at Illini Bluffs.

The incident in question took place about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Police were called to 11615 W. Maple Ridge Road, about a mile northeast of Glasford, on reports of a man spotted near the rural home.

Homeowner Dale Geier said his daughter had invited friends over and were in the hot tub just outside the rear of the home when the man, later identified as McDonald, was spotted, according to Peoria County Sheriff's Department reports.

That's when a Geier family friend, 20-year-old Brandon Pallardy, began walking toward the person, at first thinking it was a friend, but then took chase after McDonald fled. Pallardy followed McDonald back to his car, parked some 250 yards away at the end of Wissel Lane.

Sheriff's deputies arrested McDonald, also ticketing him for driving while his license is suspended. In his jacket in the car, police found tablets of Hydrocodone, a narcotic often prescribed for pain and sometimes marketed under the name Vicodin, as well as condoms.

McDonald first told police he was trespassing, but later claimed he was driving home from the Illinois High School Association state basketball tournament at the Civic Center and decided he was going to confront Dustin Geier, Dale Geier's son, about an earlier encounter, police reports said.

The Geiers called the girls' parents and the school superintendent.

Police, who did not reveal the identity of the girls, said their ages ranged from 17 to 19 years old.

"It is what it is," said Stueve. "I think (McDonald's resignation) was in everyone's best interest."

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