McHENRY – A District 156 teacher’s aide surrendered to police Thursday on charges of criminal sexual assault of a student.
Andrew J. Loef, 27, of 1115 Claridge Drive in Libertyville, was detained by McHenry police after being charged with having a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old female while in a position of authority. The incident is believed to have occurred on Sept. 1 of last year.
Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The student reported the incident, which allegedly took place off school grounds, to District 156 staff Jan. 10, according to a letter that went out to parents Thursday. Loef was immediately removed from the classroom, and the McHenry Police Department was notified.
Loef was held on $60,000 bond, but posted the $6,000 necessary for release.
The district placed Loef on paid administrative leave and is consulting with its attorney to make sure due process is followed as the district moves to terminate Loef’s employment, Superintendent Mike Roberts said.
Roberts declined to say which of the two high school campuses Loef worked at.
“The environment is such that the student felt comfortable to come forward. I’m grateful for that at least,” Roberts said.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed at a later date. The McHenry police are asking that anyone who has knowledge of Loef’s involvement in any other criminal activity call the McHenry Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 815-363-2599.