UM Arrested for Indecent Solicitation of Child
Excerpts from Chicago area new sources:
September 19, 2004
An Evanston teachers union president and gay-rights activist was arrested Friday morning for allegedly trying to meet for sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy, but was really an undercover police officer, Lake County Sheriff's police said.
Robert Carroll, 54, was charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child after police picked him up at about 8:50 a.m. in a wooded area near Waukegan.
Police began investigating Carroll in June when a detective, posing as a 15-year-old boy, met him in an Internet chat room. Over the next three months, police said, Carroll and the officer in character chatted about different topics, including sex. Carroll recently made arrangements with the "boy'' for the purposes of engaging in sex acts, police said.
Carroll is in his second year as president of the District Educators' Council for Evanston-Skokie School District 65. Prior to his election, he taught at Kingsley Elementary School, according to district Supt. Hardy Murphy.
Carroll is the adoptive father of two young boys, including one recently adopted, Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton said.
He and his partner in 1999 sued the Chicago Campground Association for $1 million, saying trustees of a Methodist campground in Des Plaines refused to let them rent a cottage there because they were gay.
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By Barbara Bell
Robert Carroll, 54, of the 700 block of Brown Avenue in Evanston, began communicating in June over the Internet with an undercover Lake County sheriff's officer pretending to be a 15-year-old boy, said Patricia Fix, assistant state's attorney. The officer also talked to Carroll over the telephone using a device that made him sound like a boy, Fix said.
Carroll is not currently teaching and works full time as union president with an office at Chute Middle School in Evanston, authorities said. He has taught 2nd through 5th grades in recent years, Fix said.
Copyright 2004, Chicago Tribune
By Tony Gordon Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer
Carroll admitted the contacts with [undercover Lake County sheriff's detective Sgt. Rick] White after his arrest [Assistant State's Attorney Patricia] Fix said, and indicated he may have images of child pornography on his home computers.
Police took Carroll to his home at 733 Brown Ave. in Evanston late Friday morning where he voluntarily turned over his computers to police. Fix said an examination of the computers was under way late Friday.
Carroll is the unmarried, adoptive father of two boys, ages 6 and 9, and Fix told [Associate Judge Victoria] Martin the state Department of Children and Family Services has been asked to open an investigation of their care.
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