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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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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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