JOLIET, Ill. — A former Catholic school teacher is now being sought by Joliet police after authorities were made aware of a video making the rounds on social media.
A warrant has been issued for Jeremy Hylka, a former Joliet Diocese teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Lockport, on child seduction charges. Prior to his role at St. Joseph Catholic, he taught at Joliet Catholic Academy for several years.
Police were made aware Wednesday after a group called “Save Our Siblings” posted a video on Snapchat. The video allegedly shows Hylka meeting up with someone posing as a minor.
Police said the group is relatively new and involves men over 18 pretending to be minors. They engage with adults in chatrooms, with the goal of catching predators.
A 19-year-old man name Shane founded the group with some friends recently.
“I got inspiration from Chris Hansen,” said Shane. “I love Chris Hansen and I knew I could do it so I tried it.”
After the case was looked at by the State’s Attorney’s Office, a Will County judge issued a warrant for Hylka’s arrest in the amount of $100,000.
“I was sitting in this seat waiting, he walked up to the gate behind me, was talking through the gate,” Shane said. “Trying to get me to come to his car and I asked him to come inside. He sat down and then my friend came in and started recording.
Shane said he struck up a conversation with Hylka on the dating app Grindr.
He has been charged with traveling to meet a child and grooming. But this is not the first time Hylka’s name has come up with police. In June, police investigated him for alleged inappropriate conduct.
“There was info received prior in June, in reference to him possibly having inappropriate contact,” Det. Shawn Filipiak said. “It was vetted, we could not support the allegation or have victims come forward.”
According to Joliet police, Hylka is currently admitted as a patient in a nearby hospital. The reason for his hospitalization and his condition is currently unknown.
Police said detectives have been in contact with Hylka’s attorney, who has indicated cooperation for Hylka to turn himself in to Joliet police upon his release from the hospital.
Police are looking for tips in this case. If you know anything, you can call Joliet police at 815-724-3020.