Former Senn Teacher Indicted on Assault and Abuse Charges

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Joel Ewing

A former Senn High School teacher arrested last month has been indicted on charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse, stemming from an alleged relationship with a student.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’ office announced the grand jury indictment against Joel Ewing, a West Rogers Park resident and former drama teacher at Senn. Ewing is charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, and two counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse, according to States attorney spokesperson Tandra Simonton.

Ewing is due back in court Nov. 1, where his case will be assigned to a judge for trial.

Ewing was arrested on September 16, following the allegations against him that first surfaced in July, after the former Senn student told her therapist about her experiences with Ewing, according to published reports. 

Ewing was removed from Senn when a student filed an anonymous police report against him in July. According to the Chicago Tribune, Ewing took a summer job in Colorado, where he worked for the Rocky Mountain Theatre Company. According to the Tribune, the company was not aware allegations when they saw news reports.

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