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Jury finds staff member not guilty after being accused of battering 5-year-old at Big Hollow School in Ingleside

A jury found a paraprofessional, who has since been terminated, not guilty after she was accused of grabbing and pulling a five-year-old student numerous times at Big Hollow School in Ingleside. Monika Bruchert, 44, of Round Lake Beach, was charged in May with three counts of battery, a Class A misdemeanor. The Lake County Sheriff’s […]

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Staff member arrested for allegedly battering 5-year-old student at Big Hollow School in Ingleside

A now-former paraprofessional has been arrested after being charged with battering a five-year-old student by grabbing and pulling the child at Big Hollow School in Ingleside. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a call on November 17 from the mother of a five-year-old girl who attended school in the Big Hollow School District. Lake County […]

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Prosecutors now file felony charges against teacher accused of punching child in face at middle school in Waukegan

A substitute teacher, who has since been fired, is now facing felony charges after a 14-year-old student accused him of punching him in the face and breaking his finger at a Waukegan school. Lamont M. Bankston, 49, of Zion, was initially charged with one count of misdemeanor battery causing bodily harm. That charge was filed […]

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Charge filed against teacher after student punched in the face, suffers broken finger at Waukegan middle school

A now-former teacher has been charged after a 14-year-old student accused him of punching him in the face and breaking his finger at Jack Benny Middle School in Waukegan. Brandon Cole, 14, appeared alongside his family and attorney Kevin O’Connor during a press conference last Tuesday. “I’m really scared because my teacher hit me in […]

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14-year-old boy says teacher punched him in the face, broke his finger at Jack Benny Middle School in Waukegan

A student at Jack Benny Middle School in Waukegan says a substitute teacher punched him in the face and broke his finger while he was having an argument with another student. Brandon Cole, 14, appeared alongside his family and attorney Kevin O’Connor during a press conference Tuesday evening. “I’m really scared because my teacher hit […]

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Richmond High School teacher arrested for allegedly opening female student’s shirt, touching 2nd student’s buttocks

A Richmond-Burton High School teacher has been arrested after he allegedly opened a female student’s flannel shirt and also grabbed the buttocks of a second student, court records show. Ryan C. Carlson, 47, of the 11600 block of Vanderkarr Road in Hebron, was charged with two counts of battery, a Class A misdemeanor, and disorderly […]

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Former Grayslake SEDOL teacher aide gets 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting special needs student

A now-former Lake County special education paraprofessional has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting a physically and mentally disabled student over the span of two years. Israel Suaste-Gonzalez, 51, of the 19000 block of Cambridge Road in unincorporated Mundelein, was charged in December 2019 with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual […]

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Grayslake SEDOL teacher aide pleads guilty to sexually assaulting special needs student

A now-former Lake County special education paraprofessional has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a physically and mentally disabled student over the span of two years. In December 2019, Israel Suaste-Gonzalez, 50, of the 19000 block of Cambridge Road in unincorporated Mundelein, was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, four counts of criminal […]

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Childcare worker charged with battering children multiple times at Barrington day school

Police say a childcare worker for a school church in Barrington was charged on Thursday with battering children on multiple occasions. Annmarie Dziedzic, 36, of Barrington, was charged with one count of aggravated battery of a child and five counts of aggravated battery in a church. The Barrington Police Department said that Dziedzic was employed […]