LAKE FOREST/LAKE BLUFF – A math teacher at Lake Forest High School accused of making “inappropriate physical contact” with a 17-year-old student in May was charged on August 3 with two misdemeanor counts of battery by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The teacher pleaded not guilty on both charges and an initial pretrial is scheduled for September 17 in Lake County Circuit Court, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Lake Bluff Deputy Police Chief Mike Hosking told Daily North Shore that the 64-year-old teacher, Albert Macius, was at the student’s residence in Lake Bluff for “home schooling” at the time of the alleged incident. He said the alleged inappropriate contact was first reported to officials at Lake Forest High School, who then reported it to the Department of Child & Family Services and the LBPD.
The State’s Attorney’s charges followed an investigation by Lake Bluff police.
Lake Forest School District 115 stated in a press release on August 3 that “In accordance with Board of Education policy, an independent investigator with criminal law experience is gathering and reviewing all relevant available information related to this matter. This review is still in process.”
The press release also stated that after learning of the allegations, the district “immediately placed the teacher on administrative leave pending an investigation. The teacher remains on leave, was and is not allowed on school grounds, and has been directed to have no contact with District students or staff.”
District 115 Deputy Superintendent Allen Albus told Daily North Shore that “pending the outcome of the investigation the individual is on leave with pay.”
The District 115 administration also stated in the press release that social workers and counselors are available for students who need support, and that they should contact Albus at [email protected] or 847-604-7404.
The district also encouraged anyone who has additional information to contact the Lake Bluff Police Department at 847-234-2153.