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Math teacher accused of using social media to solicit eighth grader

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Kevin W. Battas, 25, is accused of soliciting and grooming an eighth grader using social media app Whisper. (Credit: Troy Police Department) Kevin W. Battas, 25, is accused of soliciting and grooming an eighth grader using social media app Whisper. (Credit: Troy Police Department)

TROY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A Mt. Vernon, Illinois high school math teacher was arrested in Troy, Illinois for allegedly using social media to contact and solicit an eighth grader.

Kevin W. Battas, 25, is accused of offering to perform sexual acts on the child he met through the anonymous social media app Whisper.

Troy police say the mother of the student contacted them after finding messages between the Battas and her daughter.

"The mother was right to be disturbed with the content of the messages," said Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons. "It discussed and described sexual acts."

Investigators believe Battas never actually met with the student, but was trying to arrange a get-together. The girl lives in Troy and Battas teaches math at Mount Vernon High School 70 miles away.

The district put out alerts about his arrest on its website and social media. Battas had nothing in his background that raised any red flags, which is unsettling to investigators as they look into the crime. 

"Obviously it concerns us that there could be more victims we're not aware of." Parsons said. 

 Battas is held at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville on $150,000 bond facing charges of indecent solicitation of a child and "grooming." The latter is a relatively new charge in Illinois, having to do with seducing or luring a child for sex.

The Mount Vernon School District superintendent says Battas is now on indefinite leave and the district is conducting an internal investigation.

As part of that they're looking at all of Battas'  "technology-related" activities since the beginning of the school year.

According to the Troy Police Department, Battas knowingly discussed an act of sexual conduct with the minor using a smart phone or similar device.

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