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Agreement Reached in Sandburg Coach's Sexual Abuse Case, Sentence to Come

Steven Reynolds, of unincorporated Hinsdale, will return to court for a pre-sentencing report in August.

The substitute teacher from unincorporated Hinsdale,  stemming from a Jan. 28 incident involving a 17-year-old female student, will likely be sentenced next month after it was announced Monday his attorney has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Steven E. Reynolds, 27, of the 600 block of 55th Street, was serving as a sub and freshman basketball coach at Sandburg in Orland Park, when he was arrested by the DuPage County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 6 and charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual abuse.

Details of Reynolds' plea agreement were not read during Monday's brief status hearing at the DuPage County Judicial Center in Wheaton. After a conference with both sides, Judge George Bakalis said he accepted the agreement but will not proceed with officially sentencing Reynolds until after a pre-sentencing report that will take place during an Aug. 20 hearing.

DuPage County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Paul Darrah said in the case of Reynolds, a sentence from Bakalis is likely to be handed down during the same hearing, following the pre-sentencing report.

The pre-sentencing report will be attained from the probation department by Reynolds' attorneys and presented to the judge, according to Darrah. The report provides a "history or makeup" of the defendant, he said, including any background information that might provide context for the defendant's offenses.

"It is meant to help the court better understand what might have put him in this position," Darrah said.

The counts against Reynolds are Class 2 felonies, which can carry a sentence of three to seven years in prison, Darrah said in February.

Reynolds was present at Monday's hearing. He is out on bond and not in custody of the state. 

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Reynolds' attorney, Joseph Laraia of Laraia and Laraia, PC, has told Patch that he will not discuss the case outside of the court record.

According to the state's attorney's office, Reynolds' arrest came after the victim told her friends about the alleged sexual contact. The friends then informed Carl Sandburg school officials, who immediately passed along the information to the Orland Park Police Department. 

An investigation by the DuPage County Children's Center resulted in February's charges.

The agreement announced Monday comes after Reynolds in March. , where it was requested that the discovery stage of the case be continued.

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Nikki G July 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Read the law. In Illinois, 17 is legal age for consent. And in today's society, kids are growing up so fast, they know EXACTLY what they're doing.
Stones July 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Nikki G, age of consent doesn't matter when it involves a teacher and student relationship. And while the age of consent in Illinois is 17, there is a caveat to that rule. ■Illinois - The age of consent in Illinois is 17. It is illegal to have sex with someone under the age of 18 if you are more than 5 years older than the minor. I guess you need to read a little further into the law. If you're a minor, I hope you're boyfriend isn't more than 5 years older than you. If he is, hopefully your father will be bright enough to fix that. I find it hard to believe that any woman or girl for that matter would defend this creep.
Nikki G July 13, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I'm not defending him -- I've said that in previous comments. I'm also not a minor. Yes, the teacher should have known better...but I don't think its fair for girls to play innocent when they make poor choices.
Moonglow July 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Thank you Stones for your comment. And Nikki....... who said life was FAIR? Yes teen girls know how to play the "game" and to them it's just that. They don't think about the ramifications of their actions.
Billy Joe July 14, 2012 at 07:16 PM
He doesn't look creepy at all to me- in fact I think he looks dapper in that orange jumpsuit. My wife and I were married when she was 17.

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