A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from May 2012.
During the month, former Macomb High School teacher and coach Daniel Watson and former Hamilton School Board member Dion Gregory both learned their sentences for inappropriate conduct with minors. A Burlington man was sentenced for starting a fire at a church in that town. Four young people from Burlington were killed when two boats collided on the Mississippi River.
A former Macomb High School teacher and coach is headed to jail.
Daniel Watson has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct for having inappropriate communication with a student who was 17 years old at the time. The two exchanged over 6,000 texts over a three-month period.
Watson was originally charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of official misconduct. With the plea he avoids the possibility of becoming a registered sex offender.
The trial of former Macomb High School teacher and boys basketball coach Daniel Watson will not take place until the last week of May. He is charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and a count of official misconduct related to an alleged relationship with a student who was 17 years old at the time. He faces another charge of official misconduct for alleged public indecency on school grounds.
The Macomb School District has severed ties with the boy's head basketball coach who is accused of sexual abuse.
The Board of Education on February 20 approved a resignation agreement with Daniel Watson. Under the agreement, his resignation took effect December 19, 2011. He will be paid to cover the time period from mid-August to December 19.
Watson was placed on administrative leave in mid-August, just a few days after Illinois State Police announced his arrest.
Superintendent Alene Reuschel would not say how much money Watson will receive.