Former Chicago school coach convicted of assault

Associated Press
Updated 8/22/2014 6:46 AM

A judge has found a former Chicago Public Schools employee guilty of sexually assaulting and sending suggestive texts to a 14-year-old student.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports 42-year-old Idris Bridgeforth was convicted Thursday of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation. He faces seven to 22 years in prison.

Cook County prosecutors say Bridgeforth was the victim's basketball and softball coach at Ashburn Community Elementary School. CPS officials say he was a paraprofessional and the school's technology director. He was removed from the school after his 2012 arrest.

Prosecutors say he fondled the girl when giving her rides home from practices and sporting events.

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