Friday, March 9, VERNON HILLS POLICE arrested VERNON HILLS HIGH SCHOOL COUGARS Assistant SOCCER Coach CORI BEARD, charging her with CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT in relation to at least 12 encounters with two male students!!!
Thursday evening, she was taken into custody for questioning. Police were alerted by a school official who had been contacted by a parent.
Police believe that at the time of the incidents both victims were under the age of 17. They do not believe any of the incidents occurred on school property.
A third victim has been identified, but; was not named in the arrest event of Friday. Police believe there could be other victims, and, are encouraging parents and students to contact police or school officials.
Information indicates that Cori Beard has been an assistant coach for the boy's and and girl's soccer teams since 2003, and; that she is an alumnus who played soccer for the school.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE reports VERNON HILLS POLICE Chief PATRICK KREIS said;
“The investigation is still ongoing and fluid, and when it involves juvenile victims we deal with things in the most sensitive ways possible. If people have hesitancy to contact the police department, we encourage them to go to a teacher or counselor or some other third party. They should talk to someone. Elements of these offenses include the fact that she was in a position of trust at the school, and there are high standards that come with that trust."
HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 128 released an Official Statement;
“Upon learning of her possible criminal conduct involving a student, the administration, working cooperatively with the police department, took measures to assure that Beard would have no further contact with students or staff. The District 128 Board of Education will take action on Beard’s dismissal at its next meeting.”
“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority, and Community High School District 128 regrets the pain some individuals may be experiencing as a result of recent allegations made regarding the conduct of District 128 employee Cori Beard,” the school’s statement reads.
28-year-old CORI BEARD is held at the LAKE COUNTY JAIL on $1 MILLION Bond.
VERNON HILLS is a northern suburb of CHICAGO, IL.