CPS dance club contractor who sexually abused 2 teenage students gets probation

CHICAGO — A North Side man has been sentenced to probation for sexually abusing two teenage boys who participated in an after-class dance club he hosted at a Chicago Public School.

Bryon Ortega, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child under 18 by a person in a position of trust, according to court records. In their plea deal with Ortega, prosecutors dropped ten child pornography counts and five additional sexual abuse counts.

Prosecutors said the crimes occurred when Ortega served as a club leader and dance instructor at Theodore Roosevelt High School, 3436 West Wilson, in the fall of 2022.

In one case, prosecutors said he exchanged texts with a 16-year-old male student and invited the boy to participate in private dance lessons at Ortega’s home. The boy accepted, and after a brief lesson in Ortega’s living room, Ortega allegedly asked the teen to join him in the bedroom.

Ortega allegedly showed the boy a video on his phone of Ortega having sex with another person. Ortega then sexually abused the boy, told him he had a crush on him, and recorded the boy with his phone, prosecutors alleged as they filed charges.

About two months later, Ortega texted a 14-year-old boy and invited him to get food together. Prosecutors said Ortega picked the boy up, drove to McDonald’s, and, while in the restaurant parking lot, offered the teen $200 if he would watch Ortega pleasure himself.

Bryon Ortega (Chicago Police Department, Google)

Ortega completed the act in front of the boy and touched the teen’s private areas, but the boy pushed him away, officials said. Authorities also accused him of displaying sexually explicit videos on his phone to the second boy.

Investigators searched Ortega’s phone and allegedly found text messages from him to the second victim in which he apologized and confirmed that he had never paid the boy $200 as promised, according to prosecutors.

Ortega was working as a “grant-funded independent contractor” at the school, a CPD spokesperson said after charges were announced. The school district removed him from his position when the allegations surfaced.

Judge Arthur Willis oversaw the case. He gave Ortega 30 months of probation. According to court records, Ortega must submit his DNA for law enforcement indexing, complete sex offender evaluation and treatment, and avoid contacting the victims.

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