Bond set at $750K for Burbank teacher charged with sexual assault, soliciting child porn

BURBANK, Ill. — Bond was set at $750,000 for a suburban kindergarten teacher who was charged with sexual assault and soliciting child pornography. The charges stemmed from alleged encounters with two underage students at her school.

Shannon Griffin, 49, a teacher and cheerleading coach at Jordan Baptist School in Burbank, was taken into custody Monday and charged with five counts of criminal sexual assault, one count of solicitation of child pornography, one count of distribution of harmful materials and one count of grooming, according to officials.

Kyle Gruca, assistant prosecutor, said the case began in 2013 when Griffin allegedly started an exchange on social media with a 15-year-old freshman. He said the boy asked her on Snapchat if he could get a bottle. Gruca said Griffin responded, "Yes, if we have sex."

The 15-year-old told prosecutors they had six sexual encounters over the years, usually trading booze for sex. Court documents also outlined a number of sexual photos Griffin and the teen had exchanged.

The assistant prosecutor said the teen recalled Griffin had an arrow tattoo on her hip. That tattoo came up again in 2018 when another student, 16, talked to prosecutors and said Griffin sent him sexual photos showing the same tattoo and a message saying they could have sex if he wanted.

"The defendant did not touch the victim but defendant would tell the victim she had sexual dreams involving him," Gruca said.

Prosecutors said the bathroom tile in the photos sent and in the Griffin home were a match.

Griffin's attorney, Lori Levin, argued that the photos don't prove griffin sent them.

"She vigorously maintains her innocence the facts and the true facts will come out in court," Levin said.

Griffin appeared in bond court Wednesday where a judge set bond for one of her cases at $500,000. Bond was set at $250,000 in the second case. The judge said the charges were "mind boggling," and called the situation a "complete betrayal."

Griffin is married to the pastor of Jordan Baptist Church Thomas Griffin. The couple have three daughters, two who teach at the school, according to the school’s website.

Griffin's husband said nothing to reporters as he left the courthouse on Wednesday.

Levin said Griffin's family is trying to raise the money for the bond. She is due back in court later this month.

 

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