Patrick K. Alexander, 25, of Vernon Hills
Patrick K. Alexander, 25, of Vernon Hills

A Mundelein High School staff member, who’s a coach and teacher aid, has been charged with sexual assault of a student, police said.

Patrick K. Alexander, 25, of 960 Westmoreland Drive #6 in Vernon Hills, was arrested for three counts of criminal sexual assault (Class 1 felony), one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (Class 2 felony), and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (Class 2 felony).

Authorities said the investigation began on July 31 when the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) notified the Mundelein Police Department that an employee of Mundelein High School possibly engaged in sexual acts with a female student in June.

Police said that the investigation led to the discovery of one victim who was at least 13-years-old but under 18-years-old. Details of the relationship between Alexander and the minor were discovered through interviews and a review of phone records.

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Mundelein police said that the acts are believed to have taken place at Mundelein High School between January 1, 2017 and July 15, 2017. Administrators at Mundelein High School were notified of the allegation and cooperated with investigators.

Records show that Alexander was an instructional aide and football and basketball coach. He has been placed on administrative leave pending a review by school officials. Alexander had no prior criminal history.

The joint investigation was conducted with the Department of Children and Family Services and the Lake County State’s Attorney-Children’s Advocacy Center.

Police said that an arrest warrant was secured on August 8 and the bond was set at $1 million dollars.

Alexander surrendered to the Mundelein Police Department on August 9 on the charges. He was taken to the Lake County Courthouse and his bond was lowered to $750,000, officials said.

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According to court records, Alexander posted the required 10 percent bail which is $75,000 and has since been released.

Alexander is due back in courtroom C-120 on August 23 at 9:00 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.