Chicago Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Of 15-Year-Old Boy

A teacher at Lincoln Park High School has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for his alleged sexual activities with a 15-year-old boy that he met online.

The teacher has been identified as Benjamin Zollo, 32, of Chicago.  The boy’s identity has not been disclosed; however, he is said to not have been a student at Lincoln Park High School.

Zollo and the boy allegedly met online on the “Kik” instant messaging application.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of January 14, 2016, titled “Lincoln Park High School teacher charged with criminal sexual abuse“:

After exchanging messages for about a month and sending each other photos, the boy went to Zollo’s home in the 1900 block of North Oakley Avenue, where they had sex before Zollo drove the teen back home, prosecutors said.  They then met about every two weeks for sex, according to prosecutors.

The boy’s father confronted the boy after the boy was gone all night New Year’s Eve, and the boy admitted where he had been.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the January 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Lincoln Park High School teacher charged with sexual abuse of juvenile.”

Alleged Sexual Abuse Of 16-Year-Old Boy In Naperville

A Naperville teacher has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after an incident on New Year’s Day.

The alleged sexual abuse happened at the teacher’s house on New Year’s Day.  The teacher has been identified as Christine Taylor, 44, a sixth-grade teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville.

An excerpt from the January 4, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Naperville teacher accused of molesting boy“:

According to prosecutors, Taylor had invited the 16-year-old boy and his mother to her house in the 1100 block of Spring Garden Circle for pizza on New Year’s Day. Around 9 p.m., she persuaded the victim’s mother to allow Taylor and the teen to take Taylor’s dog for a walk. But authorities allege that Taylor instead took the boy into a bedroom at her home and abused him.

The alleged abuse was witnessed by the boy’s mother.  Another person in the home called police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged sexual abuse can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the January 3 Naperville Patch article titled “Teacher Allegedly Sexually Abused Boy in Her Bedroom.”

Machesney Park High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse

There has been an arrest of a high school teacher from Harlem High School on charges of criminal aggravated sexual abuse.

An excerpt from the wrex.com article of July 17, 2015, titled “Harlem High School teacher arrested on sex abuse charges“:

Bryan Marchione, 33, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.

A release from the Roscoe Police Department says the district is aware of the investigation and is cooperating.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the WREX.com article mentioned above, as well as the July 17 Rockford Register Star article titled “Harlem H.S. teacher arrested on sexual abuse charge.”

Woodstock, Illinois Man Charged With Sexual Abuse

A Woodstock, Illinois man has been arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The arrest happened on Tuesday (July 15, 2014) following a report of the man having inappropriate contact with a boy, said to be between 10 and 13, including at a public swimming pool last week.  Authorities were alerted to the inappropriate contact at Woodstock Water Works after an employee witnessed the activity, and a supervisor reported the incident to police the next day.

The man, Taylor L. Blaul, 29, is accused of having inappropriate contact with the boy on four occasions between September 2013 and July 9, 2014.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the TribLocal McHenry article of July 16, 2014 titled “Woodstock drug counselor charged with sexually abusing boy at water park” as well as the July 16 Northwest Herald article titled “Counselor charged with sex crimes released on bond.”

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.