State's attorney's office, West Aurora target reporting of abuse cases

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:22 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A 10-month Kane County State's Attorney's investigation has found that as possibly as many as 10 district employees had knowledge of suspected abuse by former West Aurora High School band director Stephen Orland, but did not report it to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as required by law.

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon has decided to defer for 60 months prosecuting against any district officials or employees in exchange for the district agreeing to a training program.

"This agreement today accomplishes more than we would have accomplished if we would have proceeded with criminal charges," McMahon said Wednesday in announcing the agreement.

Orland, 43, of North Aurora, was sentenced last year to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravatedcriminal sexual abuse. He will have to serve at least six years in prison. He had been charged with 27 counts that included battery, sexual assaultand sexual abuse of two students.

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