Naperville School Counselor Charged With Student Sex Abuse

NAPERVILLE (CBS) — A Naperville North High School counselor and girls golf coach has been charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old female student.

John Carbonaro, a 33-year-old father of two from Warrenville, was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Carbonaro turned himself in to authorities Wednesday and was released after posting $20,000 of a $200,000 bond.

Paul Darrah, spokesman for DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, confirmed late Tuesday night Carbonaro allegedly had “inappropriate sexual contact with a Naperville North High School student” last summer.

“We do want to point out, just so the student body feels safe, that all indications are none of the alleged sexual contact occurred on the school grounds,” Darrah said. He declined to comment on where the alleged abuse might have occurred.

Naperville School District 203 Supt. Mark Mitrovich said Carbonaro has been suspended with pay and relieved of all of his school-related duties and responsibilities.

“Any situation that places the welfare of a student at risk is of the highest concern to any educator. It is for this reason that I am profoundly shocked and disappointed over the news that an individual within our school system may have violated this deepest of trusts,” Mitrovich said Tuesday.

Details of Carbonaro’s alleged involvement with the student first came to the district’s attention Thursday, officials said.

A parent contacted Naperville North Principal Kevin Pobst “to share information about a rumored, inappropriate relationship between Mr. Carbonaro and a student,” said Susan Rice, District 203’s director of communications. The district immediately contacted law enforcement.

Carbonaro was hired full-time in 2006, and passed the required background checks conducted on all district employees. According to a Naperville North Web page, Carbonaro is the junior varsity girls golf coach.

The district is providing counseling support in the school for any student or staff member who may need or want to discuss this issue. Parents were notified of the situation via the district electronic communications system.

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  • Dan

    I guess this is why they call it Naperthrill.

  • Travis


    • Alf

      A 16 year old is not a little kid.They are less than 24 months from being legal tender.

  • JBN

    sorry it happened but it Naperville, they need a reality check to show them money cant by everything , even a good holsom teacher……..put that in your 60 gallon hummer tank ! ROTFL !!!

  • brown-eyed girl

    It’s unfortunate that our entire society has become so sexualized that what was once seen and understood as necessary and appropriate boundaries are no longer important.. That teacher should be fired and apologize to the rest of teachers across the country-his kind ruins it for the good ones.

    • Evergreen

      He’s getting a lot more than fired. A teacher in Hinsdale got 27 years for the same thing.

  • JimP

    thank god an adult had the presence of mind to come forward. you just know half the kids in school knew. These teachers are really stupid, word will spread whenever it involves sex and teens.
    It’s all about making the right decision, unfortunatly she made the wrong one and was taken advantage of by someone who should have known better..

  • blondddiee

    Mr Carbonaro (a.k.a. Carbo) was a great guy. All of us at North are totally shocked. I know the girl from sports, and after hearing about this on Sunday, I almost fell over. Naperville is a great place to live, and it has a very, very good school system. This incident could have happened anywhere, and to anyone. I know Carbo will serve time, and I know it was wrong, I just don’t understand why people blame Naperville. She’s a “minor” and he’s an “adult”, but they’re both human, and we all make mistakes, so just keep that in mind next time you go to trash talk about Carbo or Naperville.
    Please and thank you.

  • RillsW

    I agree with everyhting you just said, its still hard to believe that he would do something like that. As a student at Naperville North for 4 years and seeing him all the time in the hallways or just going to his office to chit chat, he is the last person I could ever imagine crossing that boundary. Its sad to think that someone who is there for you to trust and who I presonally have trusted with issues is now under arrest for something so horrible.I pray its not true and hope im not being extremely nieve.

  • shutup

    Why is everyone talking about it like it actually happened? No one knows for sure I guess besides Carbo and the girl, but from knowing Carb personally as my coach and guidance counselor I find it far more likely that other students fabricated the story to make a couple jokes and some poor Mom heard the gossip and believed her dumb kid and their friends. Carbo and his family don’t deserve to go through this and I hope that it all gets sorted out in the end.

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