(STMW) — A former Bowen High School janitor raped one student and fondled another in classrooms while working at the South Side school in 2012 and 2013, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday.
Between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013, Paul Peatry sexually assaulted a student while they were together in a classroom after school, Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Rogers said.READ MORE: IHSA Board Rules That Masks Will No Longer Be Required For Illinois Student Athletes In Low-Risk Sports
Several months later, between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, 2013, Peatry put his hands down another student’s pants while she was in a classroom after school, Rogers said.
Both students were around 16 or 17 at the time of the alleged attacks, the Sun-Times is reporting. They cried out about Peatry’s alleged actions earlier this year, Rogers said.
Chicago Public School officials were not immediately available for comment.
Peatry, who appeared in bond court in slacks, a dress shirt and a pin-striped gray vest, also solicited sexual activities from other girls through another staff member at the school at 2710 E. 89th St., according to a police report.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Coolest Day Of The Week On Wednesday
Rogers said Peatry, now 40, often participated in after-school activities with students.
According to the police report, Peatry volunteered as an assistant coach.
He currently works as a security guard, an assistant public defender said during his bond hearing.
Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Peatry, of the 7800 block of South Oglesby, held on a $100,000 bond on charges of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.MORE NEWS: After CBS 2 Investigation, New Privacy Protections For Sexual Violence Survivors Come Closer To Becoming Illinois Law
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