Joliet West High School math teacher charged with 6 crimes in connection with the beating of her ex-boyfriend

Joliet West High School math teacher charged with 6 crimes in connection with the beating of her ex-boyfriend

JOLIET, IL — A Joliet West High School math teacher is charged with six crimes in connection with the Dec. 1 beating of her ex-boyfriend at his house in Joliet, court records show. A Will County grand jury returned an indictment against Ashlee Catalani, 33, and a 41-year-old man from Crest Hill, Ponciano Vargas.

Catalani spent Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Will County Jail before posting 10 percent of her $15,000 bail later that night. Vargas, who lives in the 2400 block of Ingalls Avenue, was arrested by Joliet Police on the night of Dec. 1. Vargas was released from custody the following day after posting 10 percent of his $15,000 bail, jail logs show.

Last week, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Catalani and Vargas as co-defendants in last month’s attack of Catalani’s former boyfriend.

The pair are charged with: aggravated battery, criminal trespass to a vehicle, two counts of criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to a residence and battery.

The criminal complaint indicates that Catalani’s ex-boyfriend was attacked by Vargas at the 34-year-old victim’s house on Timber Ridge Court.

In the same complaint, Catalani is also accused of attacking another woman on Dec. 1 “in that said defendant pulled the hair of” the woman.

According to an order of protection petition against Catalani, her ex-boyfriend stated that he was at his home on the night of Dec. 1,

“And Ashlee drove a man to my house. She and this man used the code to my home to gain entry. She has the code to my house. Once they were inside, he punched me repeatedly and did criminal damage to property.”

The ex-boyfriend also notified the Will County judge that, “They ripped an exterior light off the outside of my house. They threw a lamp and threw my TV on a wall. They also punched a hole in my wall,” court documents reflect.