Remember that thing that liberals said was not happening in schools when conservatives complained about the sexualization of students?
Turns out it is happening, at least in Chicago.
The Chicago Public Schools Office of the Inspector General issued a report late last week that found a total of 470 allegations of sexual misconduct last year. The OIG’s Sexual Allegations Unit (SAU) opened 447 of those cases to investigate teachers for potential sex crimes.
The incidents included “inappropriate touching, grooming, sexual abuse, illegal sexual acts such as rape, sexual comments, and sexual electronic communication.”
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The OIG report itself shows that was far and away the biggest category of complaints of malfeasance or misconduct by CPS faculty and employees. Those complaints made up 26% of the total number of adverse reports.
The next largest group of complaints were for “conduct unbecoming,” at 7.6%.
Since its launch in 2018, according to the report, the SAU has opened 1,735 cases after allegations reported by students, alumni, parents, staff, and others.
“Of those, it has closed a total of 1,384 cases raising concerns of adult-on-student sexual misconduct and substantiated policy violations in 302 investigations,” the OIG report stated.
“At least 16 subsequent criminal charges have been filed against CPS-affiliated adults for sex-related crimes by prosecuting agencies,” the report said.
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Among some examples cited by the Inspector General:
- A special education teacher reportedly “groomed and had sexual intercourse with” an eighth-grade student twice. The teacher was charged and pled guilty to one count of criminal sexual abuse.
- A former Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) staff member had sex with a female student when she was 16 and 17. The staffer gave the girl alcohol, and among hundreds of text messages once told her, “I’m ready to f— right now … I’m not gonna be gentle either.” When the JROTC staffer thought he might be targeted by an investigation, he reportedly threatened to kill the student and her family if she went public.
- In yet another case, a high school student alleged a physical education teacher exposed his groin area to her during a driver’s-ed class. Other faculty dismissed the accusation, with one reportedly blaming the student for wearing “provocative clothing.” Yet a 15-year-old student came forward to say the same teacher sent her photos and videos of him masturbating.
- Finally, an administrator at a charter school allegedly took a high school junior to a Broadway musical in Chicago. As they drove home, the student reported that the administrator “slid his hand down inside of the front of the student’s pants and touched his genitals.”