Suburban principal accused of sexual abuse

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RIVER GROVE, Ill. -- Charges are pending against an assistant principal of a River Grove high school for allegedly sexually abusing a male student.

The president of the school says the victim is a student.

Yesterday, the Guerin College Prep sent home to parents a letter explaining the situation.  The letter identifies the assistant principal by name. But because charges are pending on the 34-year-old, WGN is not naming the suspect.

Guerin College Prep says the assistant principal has been on leave since the allegations first surfaced Sept. 10.

The alleged incident occurred outside of school in the 2600 block of North Sayre Avenue in Chicago.

Police say the victim is a 17-year-old male. Steve Baldwin, president of Guerin, released a statement saying:

"We are cooperating with authorities, including (the Department of Children and Family Services) and the Chicago Police Department and will continue to take actions that are in the best interest of our school community."

The Archdiocese of Chicago also put out a statement saying:

"(They are) aware of the situation and confirm that the situation was properly reported to DCFS. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to cooperate with civil authorities."

The president of Guerin says the assistant principal was not on school business when the alleged incident occurred and it appears this was an isolated incident.


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