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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Former Teacher Sentenced to Six Years for Sexually Assaulting Student

      DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a former teacher at Hinsdale Central High School accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a former student has been sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. James Bryla, 31 (d.o.b. 10/27/1985) of 1811 Hampton Ln, Yorkville, appeared in Court this morning where he entered a plea of guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class 1 Felony. He entered his plea in front of Judge Robert Miller who handed down the sentence. Bryla, who has been out on a $300,000 bond, will begin serving his sentence immediately.
     Today’s plea and sentence stem from allegations that in April of 2011, Bryla convinced his victim, a sixteen-year-old female student, to meet him at a park after school. It is alleged that the inappropriate sexual contact took place at the park and inside Bryla’s vehicle. The abuse came to light in 2015, when the defendant was being investigated for inappropriate texting/grooming behavior with another student. During that investigation, the victim in this case came forward. Bryla was taken into custody on April 24, 2015, and posted bond that same day.
     “James Bryla took advantage of his position as a teacher and a mentor to sexually abuse a sixteen-year-old girl just to satisfy his own sick sexual desires,” Berlin said. “In doing so, he not only took advantage of the trust his victim had placed in him, he also took advantage of the trust placed in him by his victim’s parents, the school and the community. Today Mr. Bryla learned that this betrayal will cost him six years behind bars where he will be unable to sexually abuse young girls. I would like to thank officials at Hinsdale Central High School for their complete cooperation throughout the entire investigation as well as the Hinsdale Police Department for their outstanding work on this case. I would also like to thank Taras Haliw of the DuPage County Children’s Center as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Roupas for his efforts in holding Mr. Bryla responsible for his despicable actions.”
     Bryla will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.