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Former Christian High School Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Students (Update)

Kenneth Martin, 34, of Chicago, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Authorities allege Martin, who is a former teacher at Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, had an inappropriate relationship with two of his students.

Updated 6:24 p.m. April 2

Authorities have confirmed that Kenneth Martin, who is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, is no longer a teacher at Southwest Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with two students starting in 2009.

Martin stopped being a teacher in the summer of 2009, Palos Heights police said.

Officials from Southwest Christian School released a statement Tuesday:

"As soon as school officials became aware of this allegation against our former employee, the matter was reported to the authorities and we have been cooperating with the investigation. The individual has not been employed by our school since 2009."

Original story

A former Chicago Christian High School music teacher is accused of having sex with two former students, one of whom was 16 years old.

Kenneth Martin, 34, of the 1500 block of West 83rd Place in Chicago, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to Palos Heights police. His bail was set Tuesday at $100,000.

Martin had an inappropriate sexual relationship with students in 2009 while he was their music teacher at the Palos Heights Christian school, according to police. His legal name was Kenneth Whitney at that time.

The two students, one 16 years old when the relationship with Martin happened, came forward to police in April 2012, according to authorities.

Palos Heights police have worked over the past year with Orland Park Police and the Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. They found no evidence of other potential accusers.

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Sicko April 03, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Here's the sick part, which no news has picked up on yet. Ken Martin, formally known as Mr. Whitney, student taught at Prospect High School under Jason Krigas, who at the time was sexually abusing his students. Krigas was fired and later sentenced to 3 years in prison, and Ken Whitney (now Martin) immediately took over at Prospect High School before leaving 2 years later. Disgusting. Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/04/03/teacher-charged-with-having-sexual-relationships-with-2-students/#ixzz2PPmmBKuS
Sicko April 03, 2013 at 04:20 PM
And then the year after that, Dave Good, also from Prospect, who was dean of students, resigned after several male students came forward and reported sexual incidents when they were in school. It was past the statue of limitations unfortunately so no charges were made.
Pat Cannon April 03, 2013 at 04:21 PM
3 Different names?? and no one caught on''' what kinda screening job does the schools do ...should a been Red flags all over this guy...
beth johnson April 03, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Sick he liked little boys. The big boys will get him in jail now
Anonymous April 03, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Actually Beth, he preyed on vulnerable young girls.
Rachel Ross April 03, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I have worked directly with Mr. Whitney. He has helped out many choirs all over the southern metropolitan area. He came from a rough family background as a kid & no longer wanted to be a "Martin." So he took up his wife's last name when they married. They've recently been seperated for a long time. They're getting a divorce now, with the result being that he reverted to his original surname. Mr. Whitney was, & still is, a highly revered man. I speak for my fellow choir classmates (who are all female) & myself when I say that we are all shocked & in quite amount of disbelief of such allegations being aimed at Mr. Whitney, especially by those who knew nothing of him & base judgement off of articles that only give an overview of this deplorable situation. We are very upset with our severed connection to him. We pray that the truth comes to light & that none of these things allegations are true.
Chronicles of Bob April 03, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Yeah keep praying there Racheal... Always a defender... You were fooled by the guy... Plain and simple.
DHD April 03, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Rachel, there is no reason a student should know that much personal information about a teacher. Red Flag #47
Rachel Ross April 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
My teacher has known him personally for years. We ask a lot of questions & neither of them mind sharing that kind of information. He was even supposed to come in to work with us today. We were very surprised to see our principal instead of Mr. Whitney. Oh & I no it's a common mistake, but there's only 1 "a" in my name.
Sicko April 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Rachel, his name before he took his wifes name was actually Haug, not Whitney. He came to Prospect High School student teaching as Mr. Haug, married his wife and took her name of Whitney, quit Prospect after 2 years and then she divorced him when the allegations were made in 2009..and instead of going back to Haug he chose Martin. And Rachel, pedophiles are often very charismatic, but that doesn't take away from the fact that its disgusting and delplorable. He learned how to seek out vulnerable girls and groom them to make perfect victims from the best, Jason Krigas.
Sicko April 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
The brave girl that came forward is who you should be rallying behind.
Anonymous April 03, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Thank you for saying this. These girls need a lot of support right now.
beth johnson April 03, 2013 at 08:34 PM
and boys at the other schools actually anonymous
Sicko April 03, 2013 at 08:36 PM
As well as all the girls from the Krigas era.
No Name April 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Are you kidding me Rachel? I had Mr. Whitney and there were girls sitting in his office all the time. He was like a big kid and was so inappropriate with students. Thank god prospect got rid of him.
No Name April 03, 2013 at 10:18 PM
For some reason so many students loved him, but anyone with any instinct knew something was off
No Name April 03, 2013 at 10:20 PM
And so many sex offenders and murders have a troubled backround, but the man was given so many chances (he worked at many different schools over the past few years) and had a loving wife and children. Nothing excuses this.
Fatty Arbuckle's Champaign Bottle April 03, 2013 at 10:59 PM
its know, 1 "A"
eil kiln April 03, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Rachel, it totally floors me that you choose to back up this clown and have not said a word about a child being raped. That's right....it's rape too. I truly hope you do not have grandchildren or children, I would hate to see you turn the other cheek on them!
Just say in' April 04, 2013 at 05:40 AM
Must be more lies than we know or more untruths than we care to admit, knew him as ken haug, then marries Whitney, now Martin? And he was suppose to come to work today? Where, said he was no longer teaching...again, until the whole truth is known, consider it all lies or at least suspicious
Sara Kay April 04, 2013 at 04:04 PM
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130403/news/704039693/?interstitial=1

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