OAK LAWN, Ill. -- Child pornography charges have been dismissed against a man accused of secretly videotaping a suburban teen.
Jessica Alba said she was a freshmen at Richards High School in 2015 when she says a school employee sent her on an errand. She was let out of gym class and says the employee was waiting with a camera phone and secretly filmed her while she changed in the girls locker room
Alba says she caught him in the act.
“I was terrified,” she said. “I ran and hid because I didn’t know if he was going to come in and physically do something to me. I didn’t really know how to react."
The Albas are a close family with three daughters. Jessica’s the youngest and they rallied around her.
“No one’s taken responsibility for what’s happened to our daughter,” Jessica’s mother Linda said. “It’s changed her. It’s changed our lives.”
The Alba family says they have been through therapy. Jessica also changed schools.
Raymond Van Sykle, 34, of Joliet was charged with four counts of child pornography. Prosecutors allege he tried to clear his phone but Oak Lawn police found a partially nude image of Jessica still on it.
Van Sykle is now charged only with unauthorized video recording. The pornography charges were dropped.
The Alba family is outraged.
But Thursday the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says it’s planning to file a motion to reconsider.
In the meantime, the Alba family is suing, claiming past warnings about Van Sykle were ignored.
"We called the school district for a response. Nothing yet," Linda said. “Something happened to a 14-year-old child that’s affected the rest of her life. And no one’s taken responsibility.”
Van Sykle is no longer employed with the district. He is free on $150,000 dollar bond and home monitoring..
He has another court appearance in two weeks.