Illinois Teacher Arrested for Sex Crimes with Student
A teacher at Tinley Park High School in Illinois has recently been arrested for sex crimes. The charge for these sex crimes come after he was accused of having sexual relations with a student. At this time, it is not clear what evidence has been brought to substantiate these claims. A judge has said that it is possible that more charges could be filed.
The teacher was a coach at the Illinois school and, according to school officials, he was very popular with the students. The student with whom he is accused of having relations is under the age of 18. At this point, the teacher cannot resume his instructional role in the classroom or have contact with anyone under the age of 18. The teacher has secured legal counsel and must follow the conditions of his bond.
The school district and the administration claims that they were not aware of any supposed misdeeds committed between the teacher and the student. While sex crimes are serious charges, it is still possible for this teacher to defend himself. For instance, it is possible that the accusations are false or that there is not sufficient evidence to validate these charges.
A defendant charged with sex crimes is in a serious legal situation. However, with the proper assistance, a defendant can challenge the prosecution’s evidence and witnesses. The best defense approach will differ from case to case and will be dependent upon the circumstances of that particular situation. After evaluating all of his options, this man could choose to fight these charges in court or enter into a plea agreement.
Source: Chicago Tribune, Tinley Park H.S. teacher charged with sexual assault of student, Gregory Pratt, March 10, 2014