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Crime & Courts

Schoolteacher arrested on child porn charges

Jerome B. McCauley, 45, of Sycamore
Jerome B. McCauley, 45, of Sycamore

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man who is a coach and teacher at a St. Charles middle school was arrested Monday on child pornography charges, Sycamore police said.

Police arrived with a search warrant at 6 a.m. at the home of Jerome B. McCauley, 45, of the 300 block of Grant Street in Sycamore. A search of McCauley’s home uncovered digital images and videos of child pornography, Sycamore Police Lt. Darrell Johnson said.

McCauley is charged with distribution and possession of child pornography, the more serious of which typically is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.

McCauley, who coaches volleyball and teaches seventh-graders at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles School District 303, was placed on paid leave Monday morning, District Superintendent Don Schlomann said.

“In addition, we worked with the local [St. Charles] police department and secured all of his technology here in the district,” said Schlomann, noting McCauley had a computer and an iPad.

McCauley’s Internet access has been disabled, and he will be unable to access district property, including his school email address, Schlomann said.

“The safety of students dictates he won’t be at school,” the superintendent said.

Schlomann said McCauley is in his 19th year with the district.

Police began the investigation in August, when a Sycamore detective assigned to Internet crimes found an IP address associated with someone who may have possessed child pornography, police said.

After a series of subpoenas and search warrants, police recently connected McCauley to the child pornography, police said. The way McCauley had the material through a file-sharing program indicates he also distributed it, police said.

The investigation is pending and more charges are possible, according to the Sycamore police news release.

McCauley is being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond until a hearing this morning.

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