Morton High School teacher charged in sex case faces magistrate

2013-03-29T19:45:00Z 2013-03-29T21:55:04Z Morton High School teacher charged in sex case faces magistrateChelsea Schneider Kirk, (219) 933-3241

HAMMOND | A hearing was continued Friday for the former Morton High School teacher alleged to have requested underage female students send him sexually explicit photos by cellphone. 

A detention and probable cause hearing now is scheduled for Thursday to give his attorney more time to review the case.

Jon Erik Lilly, 27, of Cedar Lake, calmly answered U.S. District Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry in court before his attorney requested a new date be set.

Felipe Sanchez, who is representing Lilly in the case, said he had not had the chance to review the federal complaint filed against his client. Lilly faces a charge of possessing visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Sanchez declined to comment on the case after the hearing.

According to a statement released from the School City of Hammond, Lilly was suspended when allegations about his conduct surfaced and he resigned from the district.

Four of his former students told federal investigators they sent Lilly sexually explicit photos upon his request, according to the federal complaint.

One of the girls told investigators she and Lilly had engaged in a months-long sexual relationship when she was 17.

Lilly denied having any physical contact with the girl, the complaint states.

The girl's mother, who The Times is choosing not to identify, said outside the courtroom that she hopes other victims' families come forward.

“I can just pray for the best,” the mother said.

Lilly was kept in custody after his brief court appearance Friday.

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