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Janitor charged for sexual abuse of teen at Matteson school

Janitor charged for sexual abuse of teen at Matteson school

A janitor at Marya Yates Elementary School has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor girl at the school over the summer, reports The Chicago Tribune

Jeffrey Hensel, 53, is accused of reaching down inside the back of the girl’s shirt and rubbed his lower body on her leg when they were at the school on July 22, according to a police report.

The victim was at the school accompanying someone else who worked there.  According to the report, that employee went to the restroom and left the girl in a staff lounge where Hensel was at the time.  

Police said that was when he begin touching her inappropriately.  The report also stated that he subsequently followed her to another part of the building and again touched her inappropriately.  

The other employee stated she noticed the girl was upset and crying she left the building. 

When questioned by police, Hensel became defensive about the incident, and denied touching the girl.  However, police later received video surveillance footage from the school which showed the incident and confirmed the girl’s account of what had occurred.  

Hensel was initially charged with battery and then the charge was formally upgraded to criminal sexual abuse on Sept. 13.

President Traycee Fox, of Matteson School Board District 159, said Hensel is no longer employed by the district, but declined further comment.

Hansel was booked at Cook County ail on Wednesday and bail was set at $100,000.  His next court date is Oct. 3. 

This is an open and shut case due to the camera footage but it’s not always that easy.  If there are other victims out there, I hope they come forward because you do not need to suffer in silence.

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