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Teacher Facing Sex Abuse Charges Heads To Cancun

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John Carbonaro (Credit: DuPage County State's Attorney)

John Carbonaro (Credit: DuPage County State’s Attorney)

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS 2) – He is a high school counselor and coach, accused of sexually abusing a student. So why is he on his way to Cancun?

Dupage County Judge Blanche Fawell made that decision Wednesday, shortly after 33-year-old John Carbonaro pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Prosecutors didn’t like it.

The beaches of Cancun attract hordes of people this time of year. Next week the Naperville North High School counselor and coach will be there too, despite the fact that he’s facing two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse stemming from an alleged, inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student.

Carbonaro was arrested last month and initially released on $20,000 bond and the understanding he could not leave the state or have any unsupervised contact with minors.

But Wednesday, Carbonaro’s attorney asked that his married client be allowed to go on a pre-planned, prepaid Cancun Spring Break trip. The judge said yes.

In court, DuPage County prosecutor Michael Pawl told the judge, “We strenuously object,” adding Cancun during Spring Break, “We know what that attracts”.

Carbonaro was not at home and his family refused comment. But his attorney said, “He is not a flight risk whatsoever,” – adding he’s going to vigorously fight these charges.

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