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Dist. 129 dismisses band director accused of abuse

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    Stephen Orland


West Aurora District 129 has dismissed a teacher accused of having sexually abused and assaulted students.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to fire Stephen Orland, 42, of North Aurora. Orland has until Sept. 2 to appeal the decision.

Community relations director Mike Chapin said the decision "was based on the board's review of information received. The board determined that there was inappropriate conduct" with a student.

"We have a responsibility to make sure our students are safe in our classrooms," Chapin said.

Orland faces three counts of criminal sexual assault, a charge punishable by four to 15 years in prison. If convicted, he would have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. He also faces 13 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and 11 counts of misdemeanor battery.

He is accused of abusing his position of authority and trust by having sexual encounters and sexual contact with two students from October 2010 through April 2011, in the band room and a storage room at the school and in his car after a band concert in December. If convicted, he would have to register as a sex offender. Orland's next court date is Sept. 23.