Category Archives: Sexual Abuse

Handling Of Church Sexual Abuse Allegations

Today’s (January 22, 2014) Wall Street Journal had an article titled “Documents Show Church Shielded Priests.”  The article discusses various aspects of alleged sexual abuse in the Chicago Catholic church, including handling of sexual abuse allegations by the Chicago Archdiocese and lawsuits.

Two excerpts from the article:

Thousands of pages of internal documents from one of the nation’s largest Catholic archdioceses lay out how the church protected some priests for decades and didn’t remove them even as evidence of sexual abuse grew.

The release Tuesday of memos, letters and reports from the Chicago Archdiocese by lawyers for abuse victims provide new details on the global sex-abuse scandal that has plagued the Roman Catholic Church.

also:

Archdiocese officials said last week the nearly eight-year mediation process has resulted in victims being paid about $100 million in compensation. The archdiocese said in a statement that its leaders made some decisions decades ago that are now difficult to justify. But they added the response followed the law at the time, while highlighting current efforts to protect children and help victims.

Additional information can be seen in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above, as well as a variety of other media sources.

Former High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault Of Student

A former high school teacher in Fox Lake has been charged with sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child, according to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office.

The former teacher is Amber Kraus, 30, of Mundelein, formerly a teacher at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake.  She resigned in October.

After learning of alleged inappropriate contact on October 6,  school officials immediately contacted police.

An excerpt from the Huffington Post article of November 21, 2013, titled “Amber Kraus, Science Teacher, Accused Of Sex With High School Student” :

Lake County prosecutors say the science teacher admitted having sexual contact with the Grant High School student, but denies that they had sexual intercourse. The victim told police that the two had sex at Kraus’ Grayslake, Ill., home, and exchanged inappropriate photos.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above, as well as the November 26 Chicago Tribune article titled “Female teacher faces sexual assault charges.”

Woman Fondled And Punched In Chicago’s Union Station

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, a woman was fondled as she slept in Chicago’s Union Station.  The man charged with fondling her was also charged for punching her in the face when the woman called police.

The assailant was identified as Maurice Scales, 27, of Minneapolis.  He was charged with felony criminal sexual abuse and misdemeanor battery.

An excerpt from the DNAInfo.com article of November 17, 2013, titled “Minnesota Man Accused of Fondling, Punching Woman at Union Station” :

The 24-year-old victim, of suburban Johnsburg, decided to lie down on a bench and wait for her train at Union Station Saturday morning, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos and a police arrest report.

Scales then sat down next to her on the bench and began stroking the woman’s buttocks, Kwilos said. At first, the woman ignored what felt like a light touch, but she felt it a second time and sat up, according to the report.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the DNAInfo.com article mentioned above.

Girl Sexually Abused As She Slept In Chicago’s Albany Park Neighborhood

There was alleged sexual abuse of a girl as she slept in her home early Sunday morning in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the attack happened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. in the 4800 block of North Ridgeway Avenue.

The girl was sleeping in her bed at the time of the alleged incident.  The assailant entered the home through a bedroom window.

Those with information concerning the incident or the alleged assailant are asked to contact Chicago Police Area North Detectives at (312) 744-8261.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Chicago Tribune article of June 16 titled “Cops:  Man attacked sleeping girl in Albany Park home” as well as the June 17 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Albany Park girl sexually abused during home invasion.”

Former Palos Heights Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse

A former music teacher at Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, Illinois has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse stemming from alleged incidents in 2009.

Kenneth Martin, 34, (who in 2009 went by the name Kenneth Whitney) is the man who has been charged.

The alleged sexual abuse happened to two students, one of whom was 16 years old at the time of the incident.

An investigation into the alleged sexual abuse began in April 2012, when two former students at Chicago Christian High School told police they had engaged in inappropriate relationships with Martin in 2009.

Martin stopped being a teacher at the school in the summer of 2009, when school officials became aware of the allegations.

At this time, according to authorities, Martin is only being charged for the alleged abuse of one student as the other is not cooperating with authorities.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the April 2 NBC Chicago article titled “Former Palos Heights Music Teacher Accused of Sex With Student” as well as the April 2 CBS Chicago article titled “Palos Heights Music Teacher Accused of Sex With Student.”