Sex abuse charges filed against Chicago area teacher

An Illinois teacher in the northern suburbs has been charged with sexually abusing 4 children under the age of 13, according to Fox news. The defendant was arrested at his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday by Round Lake Beach Police on a warrant charging him with the sexual abuse of minors.

The defendant has been employed as a teacher for six years and was working as a third-grade teacher at Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake Beach. School and police officials would not state where the alleged abuse took place.

School District 116 made telephone calls alerting parents of the charges and also sent letters home with students. The teacher is expected to wave extradition and appear in Lake County bond court this Friday.

It has not been reported if a civil lawsuit has been filed or if a Chicago area sexual abuse attorney is involved in the case.

UPDATED STORY, 4/8/2011: CBS news is reporting that a Lake County judge set bond for the defendant at $250,000 after prosecutors informed the court that there could be additional victims. The teacher is accused of inappropriately touching four girls, ages 9 and 10, between August 18, 2010 and March 23, 2011. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison for each count filed against him.

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