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St. Charles teacher charged with having child porn

Jerome B. McCauley

Jerome B. McCauley

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Updated: December 1, 2013 7:39AM



A Sycamore man who teaches in a St. Charles middle school was charged Monday with possessing and distributing child pornography. He has been placed on administrative leave from his work in District 303.

Jerome B. McCauley, 45, of the 300 block of Grant Street, was arrested after Sycamore police searched his home Monday. He has been charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony, and five counts of distribution of child pornography, a Class X felony.

Police assigned to look into Internet crimes began the investigation that led to the charges in August.

The charges are the result of an initial analysis of evidence, police said, and more could be filed. McCauley was taken to DeKalb County jail.

McCauley is a seventh-grade teacher at District 303’s Wredling Middle School, where he taught science and social studies and coached volleyball, according to the school’s website. He had worked in the district for 19 years.

McCauley was placed on administrative leave by District 303 pending further investigation and does not have access to any school-issued property, the district said in an email to parents Monday afternoon.

“With the help of parents, District 303 does everything it can to ensure safety and security for our students,” the district said in the email. “As is always the case, the Wredling Student Support team is prepared to assist any students who might need help in dealing with their feelings about this, or any other situation of their concern.”

The district asked anyone with information related to the investigation to contact Sycamore police or District 303’s superintendent’s office at 331-228-2000 or donald.schlomann@d303.org.



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