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Former teacher spared prison with sexual abuse guilty plea

Amber Kraus / phofrom Grayslake police

Amber Kraus / photo from Grayslake police

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Updated: June 20, 2014 2:39AM

A former Grant High School teacher was sentenced to 30 months probation Thursday for the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old student of the Fox Lake school.

Amber Kraus, 30, of Mundelein, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. She could have faced a sentence of three to seven years in prison if convicted at trial.

The negotiated plea agreement requires that Kraus register as a sexual predator for the rest of her life, that she have no contact with the victim or Grant High School, and have no contact with those under the age of 17.

She also must make a $500 donation to the Lake County Child Advocacy Center, perform 150 hours of community service and complete any sex offender treatment or other probation services deemed necessary by the court’s Sex Offender Unit.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Grindel, Krause engaged in sexual contact with the 16-year-old in the early fall of 2013 at her former Grayslake home.

Grant High School learned of the incident and notified police in early October, police said. During an investigation, Grindell said the victim reported details of the incident to police.

Kraus, who has been free on 10 percent a $100,000 bond since her arrest, made no comment in court other than to respond to questions from Judge James Booras, who approved the negotiated plea. She was represented at the sentencing by attorney Jeffery Nutschnig.

She was scheduled to stand trial July 14 on one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. In exchange for her guilty plea to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, the other charges against her were dropped.

Kraus had resigned her position at the school in October. Grant High School sent out a press release after Kraus’s arrest stating that police immediately were contacted when school officials learned of the allegations, and the incident appeared to have been isolated.

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