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D65 teachers union president charged with solicitation of a minor

Setting the Record Straight: Due to an editing error, the name of lawyer Daniel Hinich was misspelled in Wednesday?s Daily. Hinich represents D65 teachers union president Robert Carroll.The Daily regrets the error.

The president of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 teachers union was arrested Friday and charged with indecent solicitation of a child after arranging to meet with an undercover officer he thought was a teenage boy.

Robert Carroll, 54, of the 700 block of Brown Avenue, is charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child, a felony.

Pat Fix, who heads the Computer Crimes Unit at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Carroll had been communicating online with a Lake County sheriff’s officer posing as a 15-year-old boy since June.

Fix said Carroll also talked with the officer on the phone and that Carroll said he wanted videotapes of him performing oral sex and masturbation.

Carroll was arrested Friday at a park in the Waukegan, Ill., area where he had arranged to meet the boy.

District 65 superintendent Hardy Ray Murphy said Carroll was placed on administrative leave following the charges.

“This is certainly an unfortunate occurrence for us and District 65,” he said.

Carroll has taught at Kingsley Elementary School, but Murphy said his current position as teachers union president did not involve contact with children.

“In his capacity as president of our teachers union, he has no responsibility for contact with students,” Murphy said. “He hasn’t had for the past year, nor does he at this time.”

Carroll, who has two children, was released after posting bail.

Fix said the pre-trial conditions bar him from having Internet access, leaving the state and having unsupervised contact with children.

Carroll’s lawyer, Daniel Hinich, declined to comment on the case Tuesday.

Carroll is scheduled to appear Oct. 5 at the 19th Circuit Court in Lake County.

Reach Alison Knezevich at [email protected].

The Daily’s Ben Clark and Malavika Jagannathan contributed to this report.

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