An instructor for the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired is behind bars after being arrested for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.
Twenty-eight-year-old James Strader of Stevenson Drive has been employed at the school since July, according to a press release from the Illinois State Police, which had conducted an investigation. He was arrested this morning. Strader reportedly worked as a rehabilitation and mobility instructor.
Department of Human Services Spokeswoman Januari Smith says Strader cleared a background check prior to being hired.
“Mr. Strader was placed on paid leave on December 3rd, but due to today’s events of his arrest, we are moving to change that to an unpaid administrative leave,” says Smith.
The investigation is ongoing by state police and the Morgan County State’s Attorney’s Office. State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean expects to get written reports sometime today. He expects formal charges to be filed early next week.
Updated at 2:30 p.m.