When an adult, older child or much larger child forces or persuades a child to engage in any type of sexual contact, it is sexual abuse.For someone to consent to having sexual relations they have to be the legal age (17 in Illinois)and understand the nature of the sexual act.Brown, who had the student in his physical education class and was also a football and girls basketball coach at the school, had been charged with one count of criminal sexual assault of a person between the age of 13 and 17, a Class 1 felony.He lost his job at the school after the charge was filed. (STMW) — Former Waukegan High School physical education teacher and coach Brandon Brown was acquitted Thursday of having sex with one of his students in 2010 when she was 17 years old.He had faced four to 15 years in prison on the charge, but Lake County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Shanes said following a two-day bench trial that phone and text records created a reasonable doubt as to whether the two had sex before or after the girl turned 18.
In the 1980s, Ritz was teaching junior high in north suburban Lake Bluff, where several former students have made claims that they were sexually exploited by him.
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“He used the school as his personal dating pool.” The relative said the girl is strong, however, and will be fine. “I hope you never again are allowed to coach youth sports or have interactions with teens.” Shanes said the Constitution requires him to acquit a defendant when reasonable doubt exists, and he said phone records showed a flurry of activity around Oct.
Shanes clearly indicated the acquittal did not justify Brown’s actions. 23, 2010, when Brown said the sex occurred, followed by a sudden drop of phone or text contact, which Shanes said matched the student’s testimony that she did not contact Brown for a period of time after they had sex because she felt awkward.