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West Aurora band director charged with sexual abuse of students

West Aurora High School band director Stephen Orland has been charged with having sexual contact with two students.

Stephen P. Orland, 42, of the 2700 block of Bauer Road, North Aurora, has been charged with three felony counts of criminal sexual assault and four felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The West Aurora School District placed Orland on administrative leave last week pending an investigation, said Mike Chapin, the district’s community relations director. Orland has worked for the district for about 19 years, Chapin said.

“When the school district became aware of certain information regarding Steve Orland, it immediately undertook an appropriate investigation and thereafter informed law enforcement agencies, with which it has since been cooperating,” the district said in a statement.

According to Aurora police, on multiple occasions after Aug. 1, 2010, Orland had sexual contact with two students whom he knew. The charges allege that Orland abused his position of trust and authority, and that the victims were younger than 18 during some of the contact.

Kane County Associate Judge John McAdams signed a warrant for Orland’s arrest and set bail at $100,000. Orland surrendered Friday at the Aurora Police Department and was released after posting $10,000 bond.

A court date is set for 9 a.m. June 2 in Courtroom 311 at the Kane County Judicial Center in front of Associate Judge Allen Anderson.

If convicted, Orland faces a sentence of probation or between two and 45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In addition, Orland would have to register as a sex offender in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with more information is urged to call the Aurora Police Department at 630-256-5500.

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