Sunday, May 24, 2009

IL: Bond is $75,000 for teacher accused of sex abuse

Associated Press Report

Story Created: May 23, 2009 at 9:21 PM EDT
Story Updated: May 23, 2009 at 9:21 PM EDT

STREAMWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Bond has been set at $75,000 for a suburban Chicago middle school teacher and coach accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old former student.

Robert Hope Jr. of Crystal Lake was arrested this week and appeared in bond court on Saturday.

Hope faces criminal sexual abuse and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The 36-year-old Hope is a teacher at Canton Middle School in Streamwood.

Cook County Assistant State's Attorney James Pontrelli says Hope started abusing the girl in February of last year. Pontrelli says Hope taught and coached the girl.

Hope's attorney Daniel Hofmann says Hope has no criminal record and is cooperating with authorities.

School district officials say Hope was placed on administrative leave.


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