Cara Labus, a suburban Chicago teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for incidents involving two victims between the ages of 14 and 16.
The two victims of Cara Labus allegedly engaged in sexual contact with her from December 2008 through February 2011, according to prosecutors in the case. Police have not said whether the victims were male or female.
The abuse began while she was a teacher and basketball coach at Jerling Junior High School. Cara Labus kept in contact with her two victims after they graduated and reportedly had several sexual encounters with them after they left high school.
That lasted until one of Cara Labus’ victims told a friend and then filed a police report.
Around the same time, the victims told each other what had been going on, according to police.
Cara Labus is currently employed at Hufford Junior High School in Joliet, the state’s attorney’s office said.
However, she has been suspended from that position indefinitely until a time that she should be proven innocent.
A spokesperson for Joliet Public Schools District 86 said in a statement Friday afternoon, “The District was served with a Condition of Bail notice for one of our teachers at Hufford Junior High School late this afternoon.”
They added, “One bail condition provides that the teacher is not to have ‘contact with anyone under the age of 18 without supervision.’ Based on this information, the teacher will not be permitted to be at school indefinitely.”
Cara Labus is currently being confined at home and is expected in court again on February 23rd.
Such a tragedy that this is becoming so common in our country.