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West Aurora school district faces probe for not reporting suspected sex abuse

District employees broke the law not calling DCFS, agency says

September 05, 2012|By Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune reporter
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  • Stephen P. Orland was convicted of criminal sexual assault and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Stephen P. Orland was convicted of criminal sexual assault and sentenced to 12 years in prison. (HANDOUT)

The state's child welfare agency says West Aurora school district officials violated state law when they did not immediately report an allegation in 2010 that a band director had an inappropriate encounter with a student.

Ten months after the alleged encounter occurred at West Aurora High School, the teacher, Stephen P. Orland, was arrested for engaging in sexual contact with two students. In March, he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual abuse and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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