Plainfield North Athletic Director Resigns after Alleged Affair with Grad

Doug Stevens declined to comment on the reasons behind his departure.

Doug Stevens resigned his position as Plainfield North High School athletic director last week after it was learned he was allegedly having an affair with a 19-year-old woman who graduated from the school last year.

Stevens, 38, submitted his resignation at the Feb. 28 school board meeting, Plainfield School District 202 spokesman Tom Hernandez said. Because it is a personnel matter, Hernandez said he could not provide any other details.

However, Stevens’ estranged wife Jovy confirmed that his alleged relationship with a former student now in college was what prompted district officials to ask for his resignation.

Stevens' departure comes less than two months after Plainfield North physical education teacher Ashley Blumenshine was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly having a relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Jovy Stevens said she learned of the affair in January, and that her husband has since moved out of their Joliet home. She said she does not know whether the relationship began while the girl was a student at the school, but she believes he is continuing to see the girl, who is a year older than Doug Stevens' 18-year-old stepson, a Plainfield North student.

“(He) stopped talking to (his girlfriend) while he was being investigated,” Jovy Stevens said. “But then he called her the day after he resigned.”

Doug Stevens, reached via cell phone Sunday afternoon, declined to discuss the situation.

Stevens was hired as Plainfield North’s athletic director in August 2009, a year after he left the district to become the Peotone High School athletic director. Stevens worked for District 202 from 2005 to 2008, first as the dean of students at Ira Jones Middle School and later as director of the Learning Lab, coach of the seventh-grade basketball team and Plainfield Central High School’s assistant boys basketball coach.

Stevens began his teaching career in 1996 as a physical education and health teacher at Crescent City Grade School in Crescent City, Ill., where he also coached boys and girls basketball and golf and served as the junior high school athletic director. From 1999 to 2005, he worked for the Peotone School District as an eighth-grade U.S. history teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, sophomore girls basketball coach, and junior varsity and varsity baseball coach.

Interestingly, at the time he was rehired by District 202 he said he already knew many of the Plainfield North students because he remembered them from Ira Jones.

Doug and Jovy Stevens married in February 2003. Jovy Stevens said news of her husband's alleged extramarital relationship has been hard on her son, who is a Plainfield North senior.

She said she learned of her husband’s alleged infidelity only a week after Ashley Blumenshine’s arrest. At the time, Doug Stevens defended Blumeshine’s behavior and told her he continued to respect her abilities as a coach and teacher, Jovy Stevens said. That surprised her at the time, she said, but made sense once she learned of his alleged affair.

“He’s lost his home, he’s lost his family, he’s lost his profession,” she said. “I hope it was worth it.”

CJ March 09, 2011 at 08:14 PM
@Steve: where does the hopeless liberal come into play? ok, I made a typo it should have read "Solid" and in regards to that. Maybe its me, by I have the belief that accusations should not be made or spouted about until one has SOLID, VISIBLE, VERIFIABLE FACTS. Its a matter of respect and appropriate discretion and without exercising it, it tends to border on liable issues, slander and maybe even assault. I was raised with the "Do unto others as you would have them undo to you" and since your in need of clarification, the reference of judging age referred to previous posts, in that if someone is going to use age as a way to judge right and wrong they also need to include the law into that judging process. Nope that clear's things up some....good day
lalala56 March 10, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Hey Karen......why don't we settle this.....GET confirmation of who the 19 yr old girl is!
mommyof3mkj March 10, 2011 at 04:29 AM
@CJ...You seem to be VERY big on FACTS. So, let me list a few... #1 FACT: You could benefit from a spelling/grammar course, especially if you were/are teaching our children. I did try to go back and re-read your posts, but I was totally distracted by typos and I lost count of all the errors you made. #2 FACT: Your comments are extremely condescending and repetitive. You are splitting hairs to the point that you only make TOTAL sense to yourself. Pedantic. #3 fact: No matter what anyone says, you have some sort of response. I'll wait for mine. #4 fact: I don't need to see any of your references...You didn't get the job. Period. Now, lets all move on and have a great night, shall we? :)
Pilcher March 10, 2011 at 05:00 PM
This kind of stuff has gone on forever at all high schools. The difference is that it's easier to get caught now because of technology. I think everyone knows of one teacher in their high school (20, 30, or 40 years ago) that everyone heard rumors about. Or the teacher suddenly quit in the middle of the year and everyone would speculate as to why. It's not a new phenomenon at all!!
Steve March 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Wow, I'm not sure where you were raisied but I've never heard of that from my HS. Although I'm sure it did go on years ago, it's much more prevalent today. It's called the deterioration of morals in our society.


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