Teacher Charged with Sexual Exploitation Invited Cheerleaders to Home

Niles North cheerleading coach and math teacher Jeffery Tackes was ordered not to make contact with two Niles North cheerleaders, court records show. District 219 told Skokie Patch that they were unaware Tackes invited the team to his Bensenville home.

Former Niles North cheerleading coach and math teacher, Jeffery Tackes, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of sexually exploiting a minor at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton on Thursday.

Tackes, 30, is not allowed to make contact with two varsity cheerleaders from Niles North, according to court records. The alleged incident took place at Tackes' Bensenville home on Dec. 15, 2010, police said. However, he was told not to make contact with the alleged victims after he was charged more than a year later. Skokie Patch is not releasing the names of the alleged victims because they are minors. 

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The allegations were brought to light on Feb. 13, 2012 when Tackes was charged. He is accused of coercing a Niles North student younger than 17 years old to remove her clothing for his sexual arousal or gratification, Bensenville police said. Tackes resigned one day after being charged. He had been coaching cheerleading the 14 months from the time of the alleged incident until he resigned.

Jim Szczepaniak, District 219's community relations director, said the school was not aware that Tackes had cheerleaders visit his home until it conducted an internal investigation.

"It became apparent that he had invited students there that night," Szczepaniak said in an email. "As part of our school investigation, Niles North administration interviewed all members of the cheerleading team, as well as coaches and others in contact with the cheerleading team."

Tackes is due back in court April 24. Both Tackes and his lawyer, Robert A. Novelle, of Novelle Law Associates, declined to comment.

The former math teacher was present with his parents during his court appearance on Thursday. His mother, Patricia Tackes, is a secretary for District 219's administrative staff, including the superintendent.

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outspoken March 30, 2012 at 01:39 PM
quit running your mouth when you don't know everything that is going on, wow you found a couple cases...great for you. you are acting like a child, bringing up religion, for one has nothing to do with this case and two priest do get reassigned teachers get fired and their license taken away. the teachers union won't help put a teacher if the are GUILTY, not being questioned. the democratic party again has nothing to do with this case, stop blaming the stuff you don't like, it is quite sad.
Deadcatbounce March 31, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I just report the facts outspoken. You should try it, rather then an incomprehensible rant
Peal S. Buck April 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Why can't the taxpayers see what is going on? Whatever the assistant superintendent of curriculum and special education say the superintendant goes along with as well as the BOE. Money wasted on whatever they choose to. Double dipping, at hundreds of thousands of dollars. The superintendant gets married to a guy with a high school diploma and pays him 85 grand. She has a baby six months after she is married. What a class act and shows the community great morals and values. D219 you are a joke.
somebody September 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Well he plead guilty.... lol can't believe I served that motherfuckers detentions hahahah! Sick pedophile.
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