Teacher acquitted of attacking preschool student

An Elgin Area School District U-46 teacher has been acquitted of charges that he attacked a student.

Kane County Judge Julia Yetter found Patrick Keating not guilty Tuesday of aggravated battery in a public place and battery with physical contact.

Keating, 41, was a teacher at Illinois Park Center for Early Learning in Elgin.

The charges alleged he pushed a preschool student into snow on Jan. 26, 2023. The student was not hurt, police said.

Elgin preschool teacher accused of pushing student into the snow

Keating chose to have his trial before a judge, not a jury. Yetter issued a directed verdict after the prosecution rested its case.

Keating was licensed as a teacher in Illinois in 2006. He was placed on leave when the allegations were reported to the district.

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