Sex charges filed against long-time teacher, Near North resident

Eugene Westmoreland | CPD

A long-time Chicago school teacher is being held without bail after prosecutors charged him with sexually assaulting and abusing two girls between 2003 and 2014. Both of his accusers are now adults and one is a former student, according to court files.

Police arrested 58-year-old Eugene Westmoreland at his home in the 500 block of West Oak on Oct. 29.

Prosecutors said Westmoreland sexually abused a female student between August and December 2003 when he was her band teacher at Austin Community High School, 231 North Pine. The woman is now 31-years-old.

Another woman, now 21, accused Westmoreland of sexually assaulting and abusing her between May 2007 and May 2014 when she was between nine and 14-years-old.

Prosecutors charged Westmoreland with five felony counts: predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under age 13; criminal sexual assault of of a victim ages 13-17 by a person in a supervisory role; two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 18; and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim 13-18 years old by a person in a position of trust. Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him held without bail. He is due back in court on Nov. 19.

On Westmoreland’s arrest report, police listed his current job as being a teacher at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in the Austin neighborhood. An online roster for the school’s 2018-2019 year listed a man named Eugene Westmoreland as its band and music director. The school did not respond to a request seeking information for this story.

Neither of his alleged victims is associated with Christ the King. 

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