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What Do You Think? Teacher at Suburban Christian School Fired, Charged with Felony and Uses Dementia as Alibi

In the after math of the Penn State controversy, there appears to be a similar scandal emerging from the Mid-West. However, this time the unlawful act was dealt with accordingly. A teacher at a suburban Christian school has been fired and charged with a felony for allegedly “inappropriately pleasing himself” behind a podium while teaching class.

According to Chicago CBS 2 News’ Dana Kozlov, prosecutors say the teacher, Paul LaDuke, 75, has admitted to the act. In court, a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Dave Weiner told the judge that prosecutors have a handwritten note from LaDuke, in which he admits to fantasizing about female students while “inappropriately pleasing himself” in class for the past 10 years.

LaDuke, has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child. LaDuke has been a math teacher at the school for 26 years, and is also an ordained minister. On Friday, a student at Schaumburg Christian School reported to another teacher that LaDuke appeared to be “inappropriately pleasing himself” while seated at his podium during class.

The teacher notified the school administration, which launched an internal investigation. LaDuke was fired on Friday and, on Monday, school officials contacted Schaumburg police.

LaDuke and his wife have been married 54 years, and Seidler said the suspect’s wife describes him as leading a churchgoing life, and as being a good husband and family man. Defense attorney Irv Seidler said he thinks LaDuke has some form of dementia and is a very agreeable person.

“I’m not sure if they’re his statements, or again, being told what happened and then just repeating what he was told,” Seidler said. “It’s hard to tell. He’s agreeable. If I tell him that it’s nighttime out, perhaps he would believe it,” Seidler added. “He has some evidence of dementia. He’s 75 years of age. He has limited recall of what happened.”

NOW, WE AT uGOSPEL WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK?  IS DEMENTIA A REASONABLE ALIBI OR IS HE GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES?

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