Former St. Charles teacher gets 6 years in child porn case

A former St. Charles School District 303 teacher recently received a six-year prison sentence for having child porn, according to DeKalb County court records.

Jerome B. McCauley, 46, of the 300 block of Grant Street in Sycamore, pled guilty on April 24 to possessing child pornography. On Oct. 28, McCauley had an inappropriate computer image of a child younger than age 13, court records show.

In exchange for McCauley’s guilty plea April 24, prosecutors dropped four similar charges, according to court records.

McCauley was admitted April 25 to the state’s Northern Reception and Classification Center in Joliet, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections’ website.

He is in reception status, meaning he will stay at the center until he is transferred to a permanent place in a state prison.

The average length of stay in reception is three weeks to two months, according to the center’s website.

McCauley is now also listed in the Illinois Sex Offender Registry with his address listed as the Department of Corrections.

McCauley was employed coaching volleyball and teaching seventh-graders at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles at the time of his Oct. 28 arrest.

On that day, Sycamore police at 6 a.m. arrived with a search warrant at his home.

The search uncovered digital images and videos of child pornography, Sycamore Police Lt. Darrell Johnson said.

The St. Charles School District 303 Board on Dec. 10 accepted McCauley’s resignation, effective Dec. 3. He had worked for the district for nearly 20 years, district officials had said.

• Daily Chronicle News Editor Jillian Duchnowski contributed to this report.