Friday, May 26, 2006

Justice Delayed Or Rights Denied?

The long arm of the law has reached out and grabbed an Illinois teacher for allegedly having sex with a 14-15 year-old girl back in 1990:
A teacher/coach at a Northwest Side private school has been arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a middle school student in 1990 while she attended a private school in Wisconsin, according to a release.

Ronald A. Schaefer, dean of admissions, assistant athletic director, girls varsity basketball coach and theology teacher at Luther North High School, 5700 W. Berteau, was arrested at the school without incident on Thursday by the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to a release from the agency.

He was taken into custody by Chicago Police for processing and extradition to Brookfield, Wis., where he allegedly assaulted a female middle school student who attended Grace Evangelical Lutheran Middle School, the release said.

According to police, Schaefer was a teacher in 1990 and also served as basketball and volleyball coach. The victim, now in her 30s, told police she was sexually assaulted by him, according to the release.

She said Schaefer treated her as a classroom favorite and left her romantic notes, according to documents filed with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the release said. She gave police about 35 romantic letters she received from Schaefer during that time, according to the police.

The victim also alleges she had sex with Schaefer at her home and at an undisclosed location in Milwaukee County when she was 14 or 15, the release said.

Officers from Waukesha County, a member of the GLRFTF, and Brookfield worked jointly in identifying Schaefer’s whereabouts, the release said.
I wonder if the police have more evidence, or is the accused being damned solely on the basis of those letters allegedly written by him?

There's got to be more to this story than meets the eye...
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