By: Georgette Braun – Rockford Register Star
ROCKFORD (RR STAR) — A former North Boone High School teacher was acquitted Friday on charges he had a sexual relationship with a student.
Scott M. Brady, 54, was found not guilty by Judge John Lowry in the bench trial.
Lowry told Brady that his not guilty verdict should not in any way be taken as “condoning your conduct.”
A key question was whether Brady was a suitor or in a position of authority over her. The student, who isn’t being named because of the nature of the accusation, was then 17 and 18 years old. While the age of consent is 17 in Illinois, it is illegal to have sex with someone if an adult is in a position of trust and authority over the teen.
The girl, now a 20-year-old college student, technically was a North Boone High School student but was attending all of her classes at Rock Valley College through a program that allowed her to work toward an associate’s degree early. She helped out with Brady’s boys soccer team but wasn’t in his science classes.
She had testified that she manipulated Brady into having a sexual relationship. Brady has said he began having a sexual relationship with her after she moved in with him on Dec. 15, 2016. Her father had kicked her out, Brady said.
Lowry said the state did not meet its burden of proof.
Check back later for more on this developing story.
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