Justin Hubly, who was 35 at the time and resided in Crystal Lake, (inset) was charged in November 2016 and later convicted of engaging in inappropriate behavior with former students at his home in Crystal Lake while he was employed at Crystal Lake Central High School. | Background Photo: Google Street View

An ex-Crystal Lake high school teacher who lost his educator’s license after being convicted of engaging in sexual activity with former students has lost an appeal to get his license back.

Justin Hubly, then 35, of Crystal Lake, was charged in November 2016 with multiple counts of battery and one count of unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor.

The Crystal Lake Police Department said at the time that they received information from a member of District 155 reporting misconduct between Hubly and several former students of Crystal Lake Central High School.

Hubly was the choir director and the president of the teacher’s union.

He resigned from his positions following his arrest, which made national news headlines.

Police said Hubly provided alcoholic beverages and engaged in sexual activities with the former students at his home in Crystal Lake.

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Investigators learned Hubly groped a former student’s breast, kissed and touched a second former student, and provided alcohol to five underage former students.

Hubly was convicted of the charges during a bench trial in April 2018.

The State Superintendent of Education in December 2019 sent notice to Hubly that his professional educator license was subject to revocation due to the case.

A majority of the state board voted to revoke Hubly’s educator license during a hearing in December 2020.

The ruling was appealed in McHenry County Circuit Court, which affirmed the board’s decision. Hubly then appealed to the Illinois Second District Court of Appeals.

The appeals court issued a ruling last month saying that the state board did not exceed its legal authority when it came to investigating Hubly and ultimately revoking his teaching license.

The appeals court also rejected several other of Hubly’s arguments in his appeal.