Thompsonville | John J. Robinson, 55, was arrested May 20 for one count of grooming, defined as using an online service or electronic storage device to seduce, solicit, or lure a child into committing a sexual act. Grooming is a class 4 felony.
Robinson is principal of Thompsonville High School and has served bivocationally as pastor of First Baptist Church there since 2009. He resigned as principal May 20, School Superintendent of CUSD 174 Brock Harris told WSIL-TV. The station reported Robinson is being held in the Franklin County Jail on $20,000 bond, and that detectives are still investigating the case.
Thompsonville is a village of around 500 people, located 20 miles northeast of Marion.