Former Illinois coach, athlete arrested for criminal sexual assault of teen

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Photo: Tazwell County Jail

WASHINGTON, Ill. (WTVO) — A woman from Washington, Illinois is facing a felony charge of criminal sexual assault.

Hayley Reneau, 23, was arrested for the class 1 felony on Monday, the Washington chief of police Mike McCoy said. Reneau allegedly held a position of trust, authority, or supervision in relation to the victim.

The victim’s age is between 13 and 17 years old, McCoy said.

Reneau was a freshman coach for Washington Community High School girls basketball, as well as volleyball, but is no longer listed on the school’s website. She also played basketball at Illinois Central College and at Eureka College.

WCHS superintendent Dr. Kyle Freeman sent a statement, saying Reneau resigned from her job on July 29. She reportedly had “an inappropriate relationship with a student” and law enforcement notified the school.

Read the full statement below:

“On August 5, 2019, Washington High School officials were notified by law enforcement officials that a former employee, Hayley Reneau, has been arrested for a crime relating to an inappropriate relationship with a student of the high school. Ms. Reneau resigned from employment with the High School on July 29, 2019. The Department of Children and Family Services has been made aware of the matter. The student’s family has been contacted and school officials have no reason to believe that any other students were affected. Ms. Reneau will not return to Washington High School.”

Reneau was released from Tazewell County Jail Monday night. She has a notice to appear in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 6.

The Washington Police Department is not releasing additional information due to the age of the victim and the ongoing nature of the investigation.

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