Former Peoria Teacher Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Student

In the recent past there have been many instances of alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault of children by teachers and other types of school personnel, such as principals and other administrators, in Illinois.  On this site, various instances of such behavior have been summarized and otherwise discussed.

A former teacher (who was a teacher in Peoria at the time of the alleged sexual assault) has been recently convicted for sexual assault of a student.

The former teacher has been identified as Veronica Dixon, 28.  She was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Thursday (February 9, 2017) after a court trial.  Her sentencing is scheduled for March 29 and she faces up to 15 years in prison.

An excerpt from the February 9, 2017 Peoria Journal Star article titled “Former Trewyn teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a student“:

According to court records, the 15-year-old boy involved was a student of hers. Dixon, then a first-year seventh-grade teacher at Trewyn, got the boy’s number about the beginning of the year. They talked back and forth and exchanged text messages. About Jan. 9, 2016, they met at Dixon’s house and had sex, according to court records.

The alleged affair came to light after the boy’s mother saw some of the text messages between the two on her phone, which the mother had allowed her son to use. The teen told police he and Dixon had engaged in inappropriate activity at school and while the two were alone, according to court records.

The article also discusses other alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault allegations by teachers in the Peoria public schools in recent years.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this sexual assault conviction of a teacher can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Peoria Journal Star article mentioned above as well as the February 10 Bloomington Pantagraph article titled “Ex-teacher in Peoria convicted in sexual assault of student.”

Man Charged With Sexual Assault Of 17-Year-Old Girl

In the last post (“Sexual Abuse Of Children By Instructors“) instances of alleged sexual abuse of children by teachers and other types of instructors was discussed, and the charges filed against a gymnastics instructor were highlighted.

There have been many instances of Illinois sexual abuse and sexual assault at schools involving personnel who are not teachers.  This has included administrative personnel as well as others, such as janitors.  Many such instances of alleged abuse and sexual assault have been summarized on this site.

A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with sexual assault of a then-17-year-old girl.  The girl was a student at a high school (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) at which the officer also served as a security officer.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 15, 2017, titled “Chicago Police officer charged with criminal sexual assault“:

A Chicago Police officer who was employed as a security guard at a Chicago Public School has been charged with having a sexual relationship with an underage girl who attended the high school where he worked.

Eugene Ciardullo, 51, was charged with one felony count of criminal sexual assault of a victim between 13 and 17 years old.

The article, as well as other sources, indicate that Ciardullo and the girl became acquainted during the 2014-2015 school year, and the relationship became physical and then sexual during 2016.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged sexual assault can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 15 Chicago Tribune article titled “Bond set at $75K for Chicago Police officer charged with sex assault.”

Woman Sexually Assaulted While Jogging In Albany Park

A woman was sexually assaulted Sunday morning (September 25, 2016) in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the assault happened as a woman was jogging eastbound on Sunnyside Avenue, approaching Kedzie Avenue, at approximately 7:15 a.m.  At that time, a man grabbed her and groped her.

The man then fled on foot.  While a detailed description of the suspect is not available, the man is described as being at least six feet tall and having an athletic build.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 25, 2016 abc7chicago.com article titled “Woman groped while jogging in Albany Park, police say” as well as the September 26 dnainfo.com article titled “Jogger Sexually Assaulted In Albany Park, Police Issue Community Alert.”

Girl Sexually Assaulted In Northwest Side Thrift Store

A girl was sexually assaulted Monday evening (September 5, 2016) inside an Albany Park (Chicago’s Northwest Side) thrift store.

According to Chicago Police, the sexual attack happened inside the Village Discount Outlet thrift store at Lawrence Avenue and Spalding Avenue at approximately 7:00 p.m.

At that time, a man grabbed a girl and sexually assaulted her within the store.

An excerpt from the September 7, 2016 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “Man sexually assaults young girl on Chicago’s Northwest Side“:

The suspect is described by police as a white Hispanic man between the ages of 25 and 40 years. He was seen wearing a gray T-shirt with a white circle on it and gray cargo shorts.

Anyone with information about this incident should call detectives at 312-492-3810. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to tipsoft.com.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this sexual assault can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the wgntv.com article mentioned above, as well as the September 7 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Girl Sexually Assaulted In Albany Park Thrift Store.”

Two Women Sexually Assaulted At Gunpoint In Chicago’s Avalon Park Neighborhood

There was a sexual assault in the Avalon Park neighborhood (Chicago’s South Side) early Sunday (June 26, 2016) morning, according to Chicago Police.  Two women were sexually assaulted at gunpoint.

According to Chicago Police, the assaults occurred at 3:40 a.m. in the 8400 block of South Stony Island Avenue.

The assaults happened as two women were walking along and were approached by a man.  The man talked to them, and then followed the women as they went to their vehicle.

An excerpt from the June 29, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Cops warn of man who sexually assaulted 2 females“:

The females then entered a vehicle and at that point the male took out a gun. The male then entered the vehicle and ordered the females to drive to another location where he forced them to perform sex acts, said police.

The suspect is described as black, having a dark complexion, and has dreadlocks. He is believed to be in his early-to-mid 20s, about 5’5″ tall, and weighing 150-170 pounds.

Those with information concerning this Chicago sexual assault are asked to call the Chicago Police Area South Detectives at 312-747-8271.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the June 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Cops:  Man forced 2 to have sex at gunpoint in Avalon Park.”