Breaking: former ISVI instructor facing much less-serious charges

By Gary Scott on January 22, 2015 at 1:41pm

A former instructor at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired is no longer facing aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.

Twenty-eight-year-old James Strader of Stevenson Drive was arrested on December 18th. Morgan County State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean said in a press release that Strader is now instead being charged with disorderly conduct.

The press release says, “after an in-depth review of the evidence and the legal elements of the criminal statute, Mr. Strader and the victim engaged in behavior that does not meet the legal definition of sexual conduct, which is a necessary element of that offense.”

Strader had been employed at the school since July of 2014 as a rehabilitation and mobility instructor. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Jessica Michael says Strader was terminated from his position on December 19th after initially being placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Michael couldn’t say whether Strader is planning to appeal.

Contact information for Strader indicates he’s currently living in Colorado. He’s got a court appearance scheduled in Morgan County for January 27th.