Former Chicago Grammar School teacher charged with sexually abusing 2 students


CHICAGO — A former Near North Side art teacher has been charged with sexually abusing two of his students.

Oscar Martinez, 68, a former teacher at Chicago Grammar School, was charged with two felonies of aggravated criminal sex abuse. Prosecutors said he taught the alleged victims at school and in his home during weekly private lessons.

The abuse allegations span from 2010 to 2018 when one of the girls was 10 to 17 years old.

Officials haven’t provided details about the second student but said both of the girls’ experiences were similar.

Martinez retired from the school at the end of the 2019-20 school year, school officials said.

“We wish to make it clear that the well-being and safety of our students is a top priority,” If information is ever presented that any inappropriate conduct may be taking place at school,” said Phillip Jackson, Head of School. “We immediately investigate and handle each situation as appropriate.  We conduct background checks, and our staff receives training related to the Illinois Human Rights Act and sexual harassment prevention.”

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