Shannon Griffin a Burbank kindergarten teacher and pastor’s wife at a private Chicago area school is charged with sexual assault and distribution of illicit images and solicitation of.
A suburban Chicago kindergarten teacher has been accused of supplying alcohol to a 15-year-old student and having sex with the boy while he was underage.
Jordan Baptist School teacher Shannon Griffin, 49, also allegedly sent nude images and video to the student along with to a 16-year-old boy while asking for illicit images in return.
The details emerged during a bond hearing Wednesday, during which Judge John Mahoney ordered Griffin of Oak Lawn held in lieu of $750,000 bond CBS Chicago reported.
Griffin is charged with five counts of criminal sexual assault, solicitation of illicit child images, distribution of harmful materials and grooming in two separate cases. The alleged conduct began in late 2013 and continued until March of 2019 according to the Cook County Sheriff.
Defense attorney Lori Levin says Griffin, who is married to the pastor who runs the Burbank school and has three adult daughters, ‘vigorously maintains her innocence.’
Jordan Baptist offers classes for pre-kindergarten through high-school students in Burbank, Illinois
Parents at private Burbank, Chicago school say they feel betrayed:
Parents at the school have since responded saying they feel betrayed- after having sent their children to the private school because they trusted the Griffins.
Explicit images of Griffin have since circulated among students, leading to some parents removing their children from the religious school.
Told parent, Mike Mollo via CBS Chicago: ‘I called the pastor, and I said to him, ‘You better get in front of this.’ I said, ‘All these kids are passing videos around of your wife.’ And he said, ‘It’s not my wife. It’s not her. We’re just going to pray about it. Let the lord take care of us.”
‘You pay that kind of money to send your kids to a school to where you can trust these people, and they go and do this?’ the parent reiterated. ‘Betrayed is an understatement. Violated, betrayed, angry. There’s no words to describe what I was feeling.’
Authorities have since asked potential other victims to step forward.
‘If there are more victims out there we want you to come forward,’ said Sheriff’s Police 1st Deputy Chief Marlon Parks.
Anyone with further information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s office at 708-865-4720.