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Former McHenry School District 156 teacher's aide gets 180 days in jail on sex assault charges

John J. Loef, 31, of the 1100 block of Claridge Drive, Libertyville
John J. Loef, 31, of the 1100 block of Claridge Drive, Libertyville

McHENRY – A former McHenry Community High School District 156 teacher’s aide was sentenced Thursday on sexual assault charges stemming from 2014 claims he had a sexual encounter with a student.

Andrew J. Loef, 31, of the 1100 block of Claridge Drive, Libertyville, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault. The charge had been reduced from a Class 1 felony – typically punishable by as many as 15 years in prison – to a Class 2 felony as part of a negotiated plea, Loef's attorney, John Callahan, said Friday.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather ordered Loef to serve 180 days in the county jail, according to a sentencing order filed in the circuit clerk's office. Loef also must serve a two-year probation sentence, pay $3,615 in fees and receive sexual offender treatment, the order states.

He also will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

All but one document related to Loef's case were sealed from public access because the investigation involved a child, Assistant State's Attorney Randi Freese said in an email Friday.

Loef turned himself in to police shortly after a female student reported the abuse in January 2014. The assault is believed to have happened Sept. 1, 2013, according to a Northwest Herald report at the time. He posted $6,000 bail and was released shortly after his arrest.

Loef was booked again in the McHenry County Jail on Thursday to serve his sentence. He is scheduled to be released from the jail Feb. 25 to begin his two-year probationary period, jail booking records show.

During the investigation, the school district placed Loef on paid administrative leave and consulted with its attorney to make sure due process was followed as the district moved to terminate Loef’s employment, Superintendent Mike Roberts said at the time.

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