Uncle of teacher charged with kidnapping suing for bond money - New York News

Uncle of teacher charged with kidnapping suing for bond money

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The uncle of Laureth May, an Aurora teacher accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a former student, is suing her and her fiancé for bond money he lent them, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

May, 30, was charged in March with kidnapping and sexual assault after taking her three children and one of her former students, a minor, to Florida, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

Michael Selman, May's uncle and godfather, wired May's fiancé, Shelton Collins, $100,000 for bond, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. Selman claims he only agreed to pay the bond after Collins said he would return the money immediately after it was refunded by the court.

Selman, of Hawaii, wired the money for bond because in Illinois bond can only be posted in person at the courthouse, the suit said.

Selman also gave Collins a $15,000 loan to help with family expenses and $20,000 for legal fees, according to the lawsuit. The loan was to be repaid by the end of summer.

The lawsuit claims May and Collins failed to send Selman the bond refund and have refused to pay back the loan. They also failed to respond to any of Selman's attempts to contact them.

May left her home in the 200 block of Plum Street in Aurora early Feb. 16, after an argument with Collins, authorities said. She took her three young sons with her, as well as a 17-year-old Cicero girl.

On March 20, May and the girl were identified by Florida state troopers who had pulled the two over for a traffic stop in Florida, authorities said. Florida police identified the girl from information provided by the Cicero police and took May, the girl and the three children — all younger than 5 — into custody.

In September, May's case was resolved and she was placed on probation, according to the lawsuit.

The ten-count lawsuit seeks an injunction against the defendants' assets, for the defendants to turn over the bail refund, pay all costs incurred by Selman, and additional relief.

May and her fiancé could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

-- Contact: Atty. Meredith Pike, (312) 444-9300.

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