A teacher at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling remains in McHenry County Jail on $50,000 bond and facing 11 felony charges related to child pornography.
Scott E. Pollack, 45, of Lake in the Hills, was arrested Jan. 10 at his home on the 5900 block of Lucerne Lane. He could serve a minimum of 54 years in prison if found guilty, according to Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Charges include nine counts of dissemination of child pornography, a Class X felony; one count of child pornography, a Class 2 felony; and one count of unlawful video recording, a Class 3 felony.
“Child pornography exploits the victims each time one of these reprehensible images is viewed or shared,” Raoul said. “My office is committed to stopping the creation and spread of these horrendous images and will continue to partner with local law enforcement to help protect our children.”
According to Wheeling Township Elementary School Dist. 21, the charges against Pollack “are not a result of any activity or involvement with [district] students.”
In addition to teaching at Holmes, Pollack previously served as a wrestling coach at the school, said the attorney general’s office.
“Mr. Pollack has been suspended from duty indefinitely. [Dist. 21] and Holmes Middle School are cooperating with the Wheeling Police Department, Illinois Attorney General’s office, and other local law enforcement agencies,” Dist. 21 said. “The safety and well being of our students is our top priority and we will continue to work with law enforcement and our community partners to ensure a safe learning environment for all. Counseling and student support teams will be available to any student who may need it.”
Wheeling Deputy Chief for Administrative Services Joseph Licari told the Journal & Topics Monday (Jan. 13) the investigation into Pollack, which was part of a larger statewide initiative to investigate and prosecute those involved in child pornography, began in Wheeling. Police worked closely with the Lake in the Hills Police Dept. and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
“We are grateful for the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, the Wheeling Police Department and the work of our officers today,” said Lake in the Hills Police Chief David Brey. “Cooperative efforts such as this are key in ensuring that we continue to do everything we can to protect our children.”
Pollack’s case will be prosecuted by Raoul’s office, along with McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick D. Kenneally’s office. His next court date is at 9 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 16) in room 302 of the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock.