AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon said Wednesday he could charge officials at West Aurora School District 129 with failing to report suspicions that convicted former band teacher Steve Orland was abusing students, but has chosen instead to require training for all school employees.
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Kane County States Attorney Joe McMahon launched an investigation into West Aurora School District after the CBS2 investigators exposed how school officials failed to report Orland to DCFS after janitor Leon Smith caught him abusing a female student in a classroom.
“Evidence exists to proceed with charges of failing to report [child abuse],” McMahon said.
McMahon said people can agree or disagree with his decision not to file charges, but he stands by it as the right thing to do. He said there was no evidence of a coverup, and that the problem was more one of ignorance of the state’s reporting law than anything else.