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By Carmen Ensinger
After more than a year on the docket and delay after delay, a date of Oct. 31 has been set for the jury trial of former Carrollton teacher, Kyle Price.
Price was set for a pre-trial hearing on Monday at which time Judge Kenneth Deihl set the Halloween court date at 9 a.m. with a jury pre-trial set for Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.
The far-off court date is to allow newly appointed Special Prosecutor, Mike Hill, to get familiar with the case. Hill is currently the Brown County State’s Attorney and prior to that was the Scott County State’s Attorney.
Hill takes over from Greene County State’s Attorney Caleb Briscoe who has handled the case since it first came to the courtroom in February 2021.
When asked why the change now, after more than a year, Briscoe said it was because his children go to school with the Price children, who attend St. John’s.
As for Hill’s appointment as the special prosecutor, Briscoe said that normally Matt Goetten, who is with the State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, would have been appointed the special prosecutor, but he no longer lives in the area, so the job fell to Hill.
Price was arrested in Feb. 2021, after being charged with two counts of violating an Order of Protection involving a minor child.
Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen then conducted an extensive investigation into Price and his involvement with other minor children, since he was also the assistant girls basketball coach. McMillen turned that report over to the State’s Attorney in May 2021 and although charges have yet to be filed, there has been no statement made that there was not enough evidence to warrant charges either.
Hill said he is in the process of reviewing all of the documents that Briscoe turned over to him involving the case and will be reviewing this report as well.
Price is being sued in Sangamon County Circuit Court in a civil case brought by a former student when he was a teacher and head coach at Riverton High School.
According to court documents, an unnamed female, who is now 36 years old, was a student at Riverton High School between 1999-2004. The lawsuit alleges that she began receiving alleged illicit sexual grooming and sexual abuse from Price starting as a 15-year-old sophomore and continuing until she graduated.
The lawsuit cites specific details, including that Price invited the victim to his home under false pretenses in order to groom her and to have sex with her while they were alone. It also went on to say that they allegedly had sex on class trips and on school grounds for the duration of the victim’s time as a Riverton High School student.
The lawsuit is asking for damages in excess of $50,000 plus costs, expenses, attorney’s fees, interest and other relief as the court deems just and equitable.
Price’s wife, Jill, petitioned for and was granted a Dissolution of Marriage in Madison County on Jan. 10, 2022. Per the terms of the divorce, Jill Price was awarded the home located at 1349 Fifth St. with the stipulation that she had to refinance the home to remove her husband’s name from the property.
Kyle Price was awarded the home located at 620 Fifth St. and must do the same to remove his wife’s name from the property.
As for their business interests, Jill Price was awarded Price Estates, LLC and Kyle Price was to “execute any documents necessary to transfer his ownership interest to his wife.” Jill Price was also awarded Maholland Acres, LLC as her separate property.
Jill Price was in attendance at her ex-husband’s hearing on Monday.