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Crystal Lake South teacher charged with soliciting sex in prostitution sting

CRYSTAL LAKE – A long-time Crystal Lake South teacher was arrested this week and charged with soliciting sex during a prostitution sting in Rockford.

Brian Akers, 46, of Woodstock, was charged with solicitation of a sexual act by Rockford police who executed a "reverse" prostitution sting Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that resulted in the arrest of eight men. Akers is believed to have responded to a fake prostitution advertisement police placed online.

District spokesman Jeff Puma said Akers is on paid administrative leave while the district investigates the incident. Puma stressed no students or faculty other than Akers were involved or harmed and the alleged incident took place off campus and not during school hours.

As part of the administrative leave, Akers will have no access to any of the district's online systems or servers and no building access.

Akers has more than 20 years of teaching experience at District 155 and is making a salary north of $110,000, according to recent salary reports. He has taught Advanced Placement biology and was a long-time wrestling coach for the Crystal Lake South Gators, but is no longer in that role. Akers has no other extra-curricular roles, Puma said.

Also arrested in the sting was Marengo resident Jeffrey J. Zintl, 52, of Pleasant Grove Road. Zintl also was charged with resisting arrest.

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