Trial set for ex-school employee accused of sex assault
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org September 10, 2013 12:22PM
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:22AM
The trial of a North Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting students at Lake Forest High School has been delayed by pre-trial discovery in the case and is now set for Dec. 9.
Benjamin Davidson, 30, has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography for allegedly soliciting a minor to be the subject of photographs of a lewd nature.
The sexual assault and child pornography charges are Class 1 felonies that carry a sentence on conviction of four to 15 years in prison and are extendable to up to 15 to 30 years and would be served consecutively upon conviction.
The minimum sentence for such charges is four years.
The sexual abuse charges could bring another one to four years in prison but are also probational.
Davidson remains free on a $100,000 bond with several conditions, including that he have no contact with minors or any alleged victims in the case.
Davidson was arrested in June. In March, Lake Forest High School officials received a complaint about his conduct from a parent of a student.
As manager of the high school drama department’s audio visual services, Davidson managed a staff of student volunteers.The school initiated an internal investigation and reported the allegations to the Lake Forest Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services. Davidson resigned when confronted by school officials.
Lake Forest detectives investigated the case during March, April and May, including interviews with Davidson, witnesses and potential victims, and analyzed text messages, emails, videos and photographs from a variety of digital sources.
His trial was initially scheduled Sept. 23, but prosecutors and defense attorneys are still reviewing potential evidence for the trial.