A dance teacher and dance team coach at a North Side Chicago high school is facing multiple felony sex abuse charges for allegedly fondling students and sharing “snapchat” photos of his genitals with students who attended the school, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Angel Pagan, 31, of Melrose Park, has been charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Harmful Material following an investigation by the Chicago Police Department in cooperation with the State’s Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit.
Pagan appeared in court today at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where Judge Adam Bourgeois set his bond at $500,000.
According to prosecutors, Pagan utilized the “snapchat” cell phone app to communicate with three students at the school. Pagan had been sending one student messages through the app since April 2015 and began sending the other two students messages in December of 2015.
Last December, investigators say Pagan approached one of the students in the school locker room and made inappropriate comments to the student. Pagan then showered and afterwards exposed himself to that student. Pagan also fondled that student and another student over their clothes on two different occasions. Pagan also utilized the “snapchat” app to send each of the students a photo of his genitals with the captions “shower time” and “fresh and clean.” Two of the students were able to save the photo and turn it over to police.
Pagan’s next court date is Feb. 16.
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