Former High School Teacher Sentenced For Molesting Student, 16

CHICAGO (STMW) — A former Catholic high school teacher was sentenced to two years probation Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a female student.

Wesley Cherniak, 33, is also required to register as a sex offender as part of his sentence, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman with the Cook County State’s attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said Cherniak molested the then 16-year-old girl two years ago at St. Benedict High School, 3900 N. Leavitt, where he had been teaching.

The student’s parents reported him to the assistant principal on May 13, 2009, according to Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Susan Burritt.

Cherniak, of the 3800 block of North Bernard, was subsequently suspended from the school following his arrest in 2010.

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    …now …if he was caught with a few marijuan jionts, or a bag of evil weed…he’d be doing 5 to 7 years….whats wrong here people, child molesters et off and some black kid in the getto smoking a jiont get 5 years ?!!!…
    Time to Change the Law…Any jury duty cases your on vote innocent…

  • South Side

    He must have had one helluva lawyer, not even a day locked up?

  • Rick

    It’s probably because the girl was a more than willing participant. In Europe, it wouldn’t even be a crime. The age of consent should be lowered.

  • Iris

    Shame on CBS news for using the word “Molested,” without knowing what the real story was. Once again, the human race needs to understand that not everything stated in the news is 100% truthful. I know the WHOLE story, and this little write about Mr. Cherniak is a disgrace. The man fell victim to parents with a troublesome daughter who never did a thing about her behavior until Mr. Cherniak came along. They chose to take out all their guilt, on not addressing their daughters choices and lifestyles in the past, on him. Lastly, the girl was not 16. The media needs to get their facts straight prior to publishing.

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