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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.”

mommyof3mkj March 09, 2011 at 12:28 AM
@CJ: I have read these two quotes that you made over and over; quite honestly, I keep thinking I HAVE to be misunderstanding you. Are you truly saying to Jovy that you judge /shame her for "airing her dirty laundry"?? You tell her what she SHOULD have done (like you have that right) and that she should be ashamed of how she handled herself, but you WON'T place blame on Doug or judge whether he is right or wrong? ..."@Jovy: ...Now with that said, you should be ashamed of yourself in the fact that you aired out your dirty laundry. Whether 'Patch' was contacting Doug or you, you should have politely declined or 'No Commented'." ....."@Doug(if you make an appearence) I am not placing blame nor saying your right or wrong... I do think you went about things in a manner of less characteristic of someone for your age and professional status." Why is it OK to judge one thing, but not the other? Who are you to tell someone how they should handle a situation that they were just thrown into? I'm beginning to wonder if the reason you were turned down for a coaching position WASN'T due to the "school political machine", but perhaps it WAS your worldly experience and condescending attitude.
lalala56 March 09, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Wow! You stated that perfectly! I couldn't have said it any better.
Jon March 09, 2011 at 01:30 AM
I love ice cream.
Steve March 09, 2011 at 02:22 AM
@Lulu Bell - If you really want to know the answer, he gave you his phone number. You obviously don't have the courage.
Wow March 09, 2011 at 03:16 AM
I'm not naive, but it doesn't matter what I THINK happened, let's see what the story actually has...No confirmation of affair by Stevens. No confirmation of affair by school district. No confirmation of investigation by school district. No confirmation of affair BEFORE the woman graduated by ANYBODY, including angry wife and unnamed "source." So what "first person" confirmation do you really have of anything, Karen? You have just reported that a guy who worked for the district resigned his job and his wife petitioned for divorce, saying he cheated. And the understandably angry rantings of the wife. So what? Without anything further, you make the Patch look like Plainfield's own TMZ. I'd love to know who your unnamed "sources" are. Now there are folks throwing out accusations left and right and calling people pedophiles As the editor, you're left playing catch-up, pulling off comments and clarifying your story, as if you weren't the one who jumped the gun and misguided everybody in the first place. Brilliant.
Steve March 09, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Looks like WGN, Herald, Naperville Sun, CBS local news all jump the gun with the same story also huh.. Boy don't you look silly. http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-plainfield-north-teacher-accused-of-affair-marcho8,0,7946291.story
Dan March 09, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Exactly what I was gonna say Steve.
Dan March 09, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Also check out Heral News Mr WOW.
Wow March 09, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Are those my standards for journalism excellence? As long as somebody else wrote it first, we can all pick it up and run with it? Let's say the guy cheated. Fine, he sucks. But not a news story. Let's say he cheated with a woman who was once a student where he worked. Okay, that's reckless, but still not a story. Let's say he cheated WHILE she was a student...now you have a story. Except for one thing...THERE'S NO ONE CORROBORATING THIS.
Steve March 09, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Teachers and administrators who are paid by the public cannot be wreckless with our children. If they are they resign or get fired. And never work again in a school. Which is exactly what will happen. No school district in the country will hire this guy EVER again.
Steve March 09, 2011 at 03:50 AM
And that I believe is a story.
Liz Ryan March 09, 2011 at 04:11 AM
This is a VERY worthy story about an adult who was in a position as a role model for a lot of students who he has disappointed! Doug would have never resigned from this position unless he was "forced" to resign or be fired. hmm... I think I would pick to resign too! Stop picking on Jovy, I don't blame her for being PO'd and commenting, it's horrible what Doug has done to his family. How embarrassing for their family!
Mother March 09, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Wow Can you read!!!! A spokesperson for the district did confirm an investigation (not anonymous). It's a story because of his position. Children are being exposed to bad behavior. That's important!!!! If news sources are not credible to you next time there is a disaster or war please make sure to turn your TV off and walk through life with blinders on. If this is so offensive to you don't comment.
Liz Ryan March 09, 2011 at 04:38 AM
I am glad Jovy has a great supportive family, she is very blessed! Stay strong Jovy, I don't know you, but I did know Doug and I am shocked and appalled by his behavior! Keep your head held high and you will get through this and so will your son.
Wow March 09, 2011 at 05:16 AM
Spokesperson said he resigned, that's all. I'm sure there's much more to it, and so are you. But that's not my issue. Based upon the available FACTS, the headline should read "Plainfield North AD has affair with grown woman. Loses wife and job. And no, most unnamed news sources are not credible, which is why they remain unnamed. Not everybody is Deep Throat.
Mother March 09, 2011 at 05:53 AM
Again I say read the article. Tom Hernandez was quoted as saying there was an internal investigtion. Should I send you a copy of his words in the article? Reading is fundamental......
Elaine March 09, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Trust me - I am glad the the school has not put forth the "facts" because it would be very embarrasing for the parties involved. I understand this is a forum to vent but really think about what you say before you say it. I see nothing good out of what has transpired for anyone involved - even the school, which it sounds has had their share of issues. Maybe all this energy should go towards working with the school and getting more involved in what happens there!
CJ March 09, 2011 at 04:57 PM
@mommof3mkj: yes, you misunderstood. It appears that you only read what you needed too. I did not "tell her" her to do anything. as you restated, I said "should have done", which is a suggestion and I do have that right as I speak from experience having 'walked a mile in her shoes'. I DIDN'T place blame on Doug because 1. it is not my place and 2. because I have not seen CONFRIMED FACTS stating anything that has been discussed here to date. Now had all my previous posts before your posting been read, that would be understood.In fact, I DIDN'T place blame for ANYTHING except taking private matters to a public forum. In my personal opinion (which carries no wait and is not based on any FACTS, I believe Doug was in the wrong regarding the Stevens household matters). Its ok to judge one thing(the dirty laundry) because its based on FACTS, posted here. It WASN'T AND IS NOT OK to judge the other because there has been no visible FACTS provided. I am nobody to tell her or him and I didn't tell them, I made a suggestion, so lets keep the facts straight on that. you can keep wondering, You don't have the FACTS. I know for a fact it was "school politics". My Worldly experience had no part in that process aside from my international player/coach experience directly related to the coaching function. As a side note, I can provide professional references from players, parents, coaches AND AD's stating the contrary to your wonders if you want @lalala56: very true, you cant. got FACTS yet
CJ March 09, 2011 at 05:10 PM
@WOW: WGN confirmed as FACT that per the school investigation, the affair started AFTER she had graduated @Steve: Was WOW referring to Karen's post which was before WGN grabbed the already existing story?
CJ March 09, 2011 at 05:13 PM
@Liz Ryan: I agree with most of what you said but did I miss a fact confirming statement that the 'accused' was "forced" to resign?
lalala56 March 09, 2011 at 05:17 PM
@CJ You are seriously cracking me up lol. You have no idea what you're talking about. Completely clueless.
CJ March 09, 2011 at 05:24 PM
@lalala56: please...since your all knowing and it appears you think I have no clue, enlighten me. I am more than willing to learn, but I ask that you do it providing verifiable FACTS, unlike your previous posts.
Steve March 09, 2011 at 06:47 PM
CJ - on you earlier post (below) you are a hopeless liberal. Of course we cannot be judgemental! If that's what you choose, great the rest of us will use common sense. What a joke. "Sold facts", this is the court of public opinion, it's not a court. And your last point about judging age, I have no idea what you are trying to say. "Steve: Blame is not ours to place. I don't have sold, verifiable facts stating he cheated so I choose not to judge. Anyone can bring it up the issue of age or morals, but they should be used with understanding and then also the legal rights should be brought up too. Also if your to judge the topic of age, then you would need to also judge everyone else doing the same exact things regardless of how old they are."
Liz Ryan March 09, 2011 at 07:32 PM
@ CJ I didn't say it was factual, I only stated that he would have never resigned "unless" he was forced, who would???? He was getting paid well for his position. Unless you have something better already planned out, which I doubt or unless you are guilty and was hoping this wouldn't go public and embarrass yourself and others. Who knows maybe he does have another job already lined up somewhere in another state, but I doubt it.
Liz Ryan March 09, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Maybe the person in charge of that school should be looked into, The Principal. He should be in better control of letting his staff be aware of what is "appropriate" and what is "not appropriate" for them to engage in above and beyond TEACHING!
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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