Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School, where a teacher is accused of sexual abuse.
Chicago Public Schools Teacher Charged with Sexually Abusing 4
A former Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School teacher was arrested in October for allegedly sexually abusing four students from the school. 55-year-old Julio Mora has been charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. According to police, the alleged assaults happened on the 2300 block of South Millar Avenue, near the school.
Chicago Public Schools removed Mora from his position at the elementary school after the district learned of the allegations. Parents of students at the school were notified of the allegation in November – which at the time only involved one student. As the investigation continued, detectives determined that there were at least three other additional victims.
Four young girls have contacted police to report sexual abuse by Mora, who they said touched them inappropriately. He has been released from Cook County Jail and is currently on electronic ankle monitoring. He is also prohibited from any contact with minors.
Sexual Abuse Scandal Strikes Chicago Public Schools
This case of sexual abuse is sadly not unique among Chicago Public Schools.
In November, a Chicago Tribune article revealed that a new Chicago Public Schools office for investigations of student-on-student sexual assault revealed over 600 allegations in this current school year.
Additionally, an Inspector General’s report from the last week of 2018 revealed that a teacher was hired at a CPS elementary school even though he listed a guilty plea to sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old boy on his job application.
In summer 2018, the Tribune also released an infographic on the problem of sexual violence at Chicago Schools. Some of the other cases cited in that report included:
- A student and track star at Simeon Career Academy was raped 40 times by a coach.
- A Black Magnet Elementary teacher sent obscene texts to a 14-year-old student and kissed her.
- A Taft High School student reported that a security guard/track coach groped her during practice.