Lake Forest Board Hires Ex-Prosecutor To Investigate ‘Sexting’ Case

LAKE FOREST (CBS) — The Lake Forest District 67 school board Tuesday night hired a former federal prosecutor to undertake an independent review of the way the board handled sexual harassment accusations made in 2009.

Schiff Hardin managing partner Ronald Safer was given three charges by the subcommittee headed by Board Vice President John Julian: To determine if existing District 67 policies were followed when the accusations against Deer Path Middle School Principal John Steinert were first made, whether those policies need revision and whether any wrongdoing occurred in the handling of the matter.

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Julian said that if Safer deems that change is needed, he will be expected to outline how to accomplish it.

Aside from that, Julian said the board has no intention of telling Safer what to do, who to interview and what to determine. Julian said the board expects Safer’s report by mid-January at the latest.

Steinert resigned Jan. 21, two years after he was convicted of misdemeanor harassment of a 22-year-old intern assigned to the school. He sent sexually explicit text messages, voice mails and a lewd photo.

A police student resource officer has been reassigned while the investigation takes place; sexual harassment accusations against the officer were made by the same intern.

  • John Smith

    So disappointed to see your Lake Forest news report last night highlighting Michael Beacham’s when this individual has a personal vendetta against Dr. Griffith. Did you know his company, Money Savvy Generation’s math curriculum wasn’t excepted into the District 67 curriculum? This is an angry man who wants pay back. Sad that there was no mention of all the positive and supportive comments that were made at the meeting. Irresponsible reporting CBS News!

  • Bill Novak

    Why the hell are they continuing on with this? Haven’t they done enough damage already? All over a three year old petty misdemeanor. This poor guy paid his fine, served his community service, received a reprimand, and had his wages frozen. The whole thing was finished. The woman in question was an adult for crying out loud! This guy didn’t need to lose his job, THIS HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE KIDS!

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