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Wredling Teacher Facing Child Porn Charges Quits

School District 303 reports indicate that Jerome B. McCauley has resigned his position.

Jerome B. McCauley, the Wredling Middle School teacher who was charged in October with possession of child pornography, has resigned his position, the Chicago Tribune reports.


McCauley, 45, is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, and five counts of distribution of child pornography,St. Charles Patch reported in October.


St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 placed the seventh-grade teacher and volleyball coach on administrative leave after his arrest, and had barred him from school district property.


The Chicago Tribune cited a district personnel report as evidence of McCauley’s resignation, which was effective Dec. 3, 2013. The report is included in the packet for the District 303 Board of Education meeting on Monday.


District officials told the Tribune will simplify things for the district, which faced the prospect of an extensive and potentially costly process of terminating a tenured teacher. McCauley has been with the district 19 years.


McCauley faces from six to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges, which exclude probation. The other charges carry penalties ranging from probation to seven years’ imprisonment.


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JuleS December 19, 2013 at 09:21 PM
He'd damn well better resign, and I'd suggest moving -- to another country on another continent. Child porn-mongers are almost the lowest life on the planet, save for child abusers and abusers of the elderly. Rot in hell, you son-of-a-bitch -- and that's about the nicest thing I could ever say about you.
Ted Schnell (Editor) December 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Two points: First, Patch's terms of use frown upon personal attacks. I'm not saying you don't have a right to a strong opinion about this issue. I agree with your viewpoint as it pertains to child porn, child abuse and abuse of the elderly. Second, he's been charged, or accused, not convicted. That means authorities believe they have enough evidence to level the accusation. That does not necessarily mean he is guilty.
JuleS December 20, 2013 at 08:47 AM
I understand, and apologize for the strong attack, but people like this, one, are despicable. Two, given his suspension and then resignation, I think it's pretty clear as to whether he's guilty. As such, he deserves as much disdain and castigation as can be heaped upon him.
Ted Schnell (Editor) December 20, 2013 at 01:13 PM
You cannot judge by the suspension -- not suspending him would have exposed the School District to a potentially huge liability via future lawsuits if it did nothing and he was guilty. Further, his resignation may or may not be connected to his guilt. I believe it was pointed out that resigning will allow his attorney to focus his energy on defending his client against criminal charges whose outcome could send him to prison. Otherwise, he would be in the position of having to defend against a felony conviction on one front while suiing to hold onto his job on another front. So his resignation likely is tied to priorities -- it makes little sense now fighting for his job if he is convicted, when he could fight for his innocense instead and sue to the school district later if acquitted.

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