Teacher charged with sexual abuse of former Chicago Christian students
April 2, 2013 11:32PM
Updated: May 5, 2013 2:42PM
A Chicago man has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual relationships with two students in 2009 while he was a music teacher at Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, police said Tuesday.
Kenneth Martin, 34, of the 1500 block of West 83rd Place, went by the name of Kenneth Whitney at the time of the alleged abuse, police said.
Two former Chicago Christian students told police in April 2012 that they engaged in inappropriate relationships with Martin while they were students in 2009, police said. The relationships progressed into sexual ones, and one of the victims was 16 at the time, police said.
There was no evidence to indicate other victims were involved, and Martin is no longer a teacher at the school, police said.
Chicago Christian Supt. Joel Satterly said Wednesday the allegations of abuse were reported to authorities as soon as school officials became aware of them. He said the school was cooperating with police, and that Whitney worked there for only the 2008-09 school year.
Satterly declined further comment.
Bail for Martin was set at $100,000, authorities said. He is next due in court April 23 at the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview.
Palos Heights detectives, Orland Park police and the Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory contributed to the yearlong investigation, police said.