March , 2019

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A former south suburban school teacher and coach has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old female student, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Idris Bridgeforth, 42, of Riverdale, was previously convicted after a bench trial of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony), two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony), and Indecent Solicitation of a Child (Class 2 Felony).

According to prosecutors, Bridgeforth was the victim’s basketball and track coach and frequently drove the victim to and from sporting events.  On multiple occasions over the course of more than one year, Bridgeforth inappropriately touched and sexually abused the victim while they were in his vehicle.

In June of 2012 the victim received multiple text messages from Bridgeforth in which he indicated that he would like to have sex with the victim.  Several days later, the victim’s mother observed a text message that had been sent to her daughter by Bridgeforth late at night and recognized the phone number attached to the messages as Bridgeforth’s.  She then verified it with school administrators and immediately contacted law enforcement.

Bridgeforth was arrested and charged and the text messages between Bridgeforth and the victim were recovered from the victim’s iTouch.

Cook County Judge Erica Reddick sentenced Bridgeforth to the 10 year prison term during a hearing at the George Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Ciaccia as well as the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.

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