Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake Central High School choir director accused of sex with former students

Allegations against Justin Hubly involve two female graduates, police say

CRYSTAL LAKE – A former Crystal Lake high school choir director is under investigation for allegedly having sex with former students, police said.

In October, Crystal Lake police received information from a member of the Community High School District 155 staff reporting an incident of possible misconduct between a district staff member and several former students of Crystal Lake Central High School.

The allegations claimed that Justin Hubly provided alcoholic beverages and was engaging in sexual activities with these former students at his Crystal Lake residence, police said.

Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Tom Kotlowski said the two alleged victims both were female and already were graduates of Crystal Lake Central at the time of the incidents.

On Tuesday, arrest warrants were issued for Hubly, 35, for two counts of misdemeanor battery and one count of unlawful delivery of alcoholic liquor, police said. He was taken into custody and released on a $10,000 bond.

His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 27.

Hubly had been the school’s choir director since 2004. He also served as student activities director, and has served five terms as president of the District 155 Education Association, which represents teachers at all four of the district’s high schools. He earns $85,290 a year, not counting benefits, according to school records.

The case was assigned to the Investigations Unit, where detectives conducted several interviews and obtained evidence of criminal activity. This case remains an active investigation, and additional charges may be forthcoming.

District 155 officials suspended Hubly in October and eventually accepted his resignation Nov. 8.

A statement released Wednesday by District 155 said, “We cannot share specific information regarding personnel matters. We have taken appropriate actions to ensure there is no interruption in our student’s learning. We are also cooperating with local authorities. We cannot discuss this matter any further.”

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