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State's attorney investigating Dist. 129 in abuse reporting case

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The Kane County State's Attorney's Office is investigating whether any criminal conduct occurred by West Aurora District 129 officials after they were told a former band director was found alone with a girl in a secluded band storage room in summer 2010, according to court documents. Stephen Orland of North Aurora, eventually pleaded guilty to having sexual relationships with two of his female students and was sentenced to 12 years in prison in March. One of the victims sued District 129, Orland, Superintendent James Rydland and former West Aurora Principal Dan Bridges, arguing the district didn't do enough to protect her from Orland's inappropriate behavior and that Rydland and Bridges failed to contact DCFS and, thus, violated the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
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