A Carl Sandburg High School substitute teacher and basketball coach from unincorporated Hinsdale pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 17-year-old student at an arraignment hearing Monday in DuPage County court.
Steven Reynolds, 26, allegedly abused the student at his home in the 600 block of 55th Street on Jan. 28. He was arrested by the DuPage County Sherriff’s Office on Feb. 6, the result of an investigation that originated with information given to Carl Sandburg administration by friends of the victim.
Reynolds’ attorney, Joseph M. Laraia of Laraia, Harrison, and Laraia, made no comment about the charges against his client after Monday’s hearing.
According to the office of DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, the victim told friends about the alleged sexual contact with Reynolds, who in addition to substitute teaching, also coaches the freshman boys basketball team at Carl Sandburg, which is located in Orland Park.
The victim's friends informed Carl Sandburg school officials, who immediately contacted the Orland Park Police Department.
“If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Reynolds used his position of trust and authority as a member of the school faculty to sexually abuse his young victim,” Berlin said in a February release. “He allegedly betrayed the trust placed in him by the victim, the victim’s parents and the school to satisfy his own desires."
According to DuPage County Judge George Bakalis, who is presiding over Reynolds’ case, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a minimum sentence of 48 months’ probation.
At Monday’s arraignment, the case’s first status hearing was set for April 24 at 8 a.m.