Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Bond Set For Orland Park Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a substitute teacher and basketball coach at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a seventeen year old female student. Steven E. Reynolds, 26 (d.o.b. 2/28/1985) of the 600 block of 55th Street, Hinsdale, appeared in Bond Court this morning charged with two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a Class 2 Felony. Judge Elizabeth Sexton set his bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply.
It is alleged that the inappropriate contact occurred on January 28, 2012 at Reynolds’ home in unincorporated Hinsdale. The alleged incident came to light when the victim disclosed the alleged contact to her friends who subsequently informed school officials. Authorities at the school immediately contacted the Orland Park Police Department who in turn contacted the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. An investigation into the matter conducted by the DuPage County Children’s Center resulted in today’s charges.
“If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Reynolds used his position of trust and authority as a member of the school faculty to sexually abuse his young victim,” Berlin said. “He allegedly betrayed the trust placed in him by the victim, the victim’s parents and the school to satisfy his own desires. I would like to thank the authorities at Carl Sandburg High School, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and the Orland Park Police Department for bringing this matter to our attention in such a timely manner as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Celine O’Hallaren and Children’s Center Investigator Bruce Malkin and Director Pat Dempsey for their work on this case.”
Reynolds’ next court date is scheduled for March 5, 2012, for arraignment in front of Judge George Bakalis.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.