A teacher at an Illinois suburban Christian school has been charged with a felony, after he was fired for allegedly masturbating behind a podium while teaching class.
Schaumburg police said he might have been doing it for the past 10 years or more.
Paul LaDuke, 75, has now been charged with sexual exploitation of a child. LaDuke has been a math teacher at the school for 26 years.
Last Friday, a student at Schaumburg Christian School reported to another teacher that LaDuke appeared to be masturbating while seated at his podium during class.
The teacher notified the school administration, which launched an internal investigation.
LaDuke was fired last Friday and, this Monday, school officials contacted Schaumburg police.
Detectives interviewed several students and LaDuke was subsequently arrested.
Investigators determined that, while seated at a podium in class, LaDuke unzipped and lowered his pants and masturbated while students were present in the classroom.
“Through the course of our investigation, our detectives have come to believe that this has happened several times per year for 10 years or more, possibly,” Schaumburg Police Sgt. John Nebel said.
Asked if there had been previous complaints that did not result in any action against LaDuke, Nebel said no.
“It’s not that it’s been reported and nothing has been done, it’s just that during the course of the investigation, we’ve come to learn certain information and I can’t go further for the fact that there’s a possibility of more charges before a grand jury,” Nebel said.
Police said there is no evidence that LaDuke touched any students in an inappropriate manner or harmed them physically.
LaDuke is due for a bond hearing on Wednesday at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.