Ex-Carpentersville substitute teacher faces more sex abuse charges

Four more accusers have come forward to allege sexual abuse by a former Carpentersville elementary school substitute teacher, bringing the total to eight, according to Kane County court records.

Carlos A. Bedoya, 62, of the 100 block of Acorn Lane in Lake in the Hills, was arrested in July on charges alleging he sexually abused two 6-year-old boys from August 2016 through May 2017.

Megan Baxter, a Kane County assistant state’s attorney, wrote in court documents last July that two more children had come forward since Bedoya’s arrest.

By August, a Kane County grand jury issued a 40-count felony indictment accusing Bedoya of predatory criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and solicitation of a minor, records show.

He is accused of molesting the children while acting as a substitute kindergarten teacher in Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 and as a youth soccer coach, court records show.

On Dec. 14, 2017 and Jan. 4, 2018, prosecutors added more sexual abuse charges against Bedoya after two more accusers came forward. And late last week, charges were filed on behalf of two more boys under the age of 13 that accuse Bedoya of fondling them, records show.

Bedoya has pleaded not guilty is being held at the Kane County jail on $3.8 million bail, meaning he must post $380,000 be released while the charges are pending. If he does post bond, a court order bars him from having contact with any of the accusers.

Bedoya’s defense attorney, Francisco Botto, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Bedoya is faces life in prison if convicted of all the charges, and would be required to register as a sex offender.

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