Christian School Teacher Accused of Masturbating During Class

Dec 8, 2004
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Schaumburg, Ill. - A northwest suburban math teacher charged with masturbating in his classroom allegedly told police he’d pleasured himself at the school for last 10 years while fantasizing about female students.

Paul A. LaDuke, 75, of Schererville made the handwritten admission after he was arrested for a Veteran’s Day incident witnessed by two students at the Schaumburg Christian School, according to Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

While his students were working on an assignment during a 10 a.m. algebra class Friday, LaDuke placed an apron around his waist, unbuckled his pants below his hips and began masturbating behind a podium, prosecutors allege.

One of the students who saw LaDuke’s alleged lewd behavior notified another teacher. That teacher contacted school administrators, which led to an investigation that resulted in LaDuke’s firing Friday afternoon, police said.

Of the 13 students in LaDuke’s morning class Friday, 9 were 16 years old and four were 17, Simonton said

LaDuke, during a bond hearing in Rolling Meadows Wednesday morning, was ordered held on $40,000 bond, charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

LaDuke, of Hanover Park, had been teaching at Schaumburg Christian School for the last 26 years, Simonton said.

While there is no evidence that any students were inappropriately touched or physically harmed, any current or former students who may have information are asked to call police at (847) 882-3534.

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