Ex-Oswego teacher gets 7 years in prison for sex assault of student

A former teacher from Oswego agreed to a seven-year prison sentence Thursday in exchange for a guilty plea to criminal sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student of his at the Fox Valley Career Center in Maple Park.

Circuit Judge James C. Hallock accepted the plea from Glen C. Baum, 44, the Kane County state's attorney's office said. Baum also was charged with possession of child pornography after his February 2015 arrest.

Prosecutors said that between May 2014 and January 2015, Baum "maintained a sexual relationship" with the victim. The victim's mother saw messages from Baum on the teen's cellphone and notified police.

Baum was a contracted part-time service provider at the job-training center, a regional vocational school operated by Kaneland School District 302.

Kaneland officials were notified Jan. 12, 2015, that Baum was being investigated. They removed him from campus and prohibited him from having contact with students, and then ended his contract.

District officials said at the time they did not believe any additional current or former students were involved.

Baum taught in the fire-science program, according to the state's attorney's office.

Baum must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence and must register for life as a sexual offender under the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act after his release. He was given credit for 52 days served in the Kane County jail.

Oswego man, 42, charged with sex assault of 17-year-old in Maple Park

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