JOLIET – A Dirksen Junior High School teacher was arrested last week after authorities said he within the past month raped a 12-year-old student.
Kyle R. Camp, 36, had sexual contact with the girl within the last month, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Al Roechner said. On Friday afternoon, the school liaison officer at Joliet West High School was approached by the older sister of a friend of the victim and asked detectives to investigate, Roechner said.
“When officers arrived at the school they learned Camp had already been removed by administration earlier that day and escorted from the grounds,” Roechner said.
Police spoke with the victim and later located Camp at his home in the 700 block of Maplewood Drive in Minooka. Camp was arrested on one count of predatory criminal sexual assault and is being held in the Grundy County Jail.
Roechner said Camp taught social studies and was a basketball and soccer coach at Dirksen, 203 S. Midland Ave. in Joliet.
“This is still an open investigation and other charges may be pending,” Roechner said Monday.
Joliet Public Schools District 86 spokeswoman Sandy Zalewski said Camp has been placed on paid administrative leave. District officials first heard of the complaint Friday afternoon, she said.
“As soon as we heard a complaint, we immediately asked [Camp] to leave,” Zalewski said.
Zalewski said the district is “fully cooperating” with the Joliet Police Department.
“The safety of students and staff is our No. 1 priority,” she said.
The district stated in a post on its Facebook page Monday that students returning from the three-day weekend Tuesday will have access to counselors and social workers. The post also said that students and parents who may have information related to the investigation should contact Joliet police directly, while those with other concerns should contact the Dirksen principal’s office.