Judge orders Buffalo Grove teacher facing child porn charges to undergo mental evaluation

Theresa Dunkin, superintendent of Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 (center), answers questions regarding the arrest of a Meridian Middle School teacher for allegedly producing and transmitting child pornography. Also at the Aug. 28 conference were School Board President Ellyn Ross and Buffalo Grove Police Chief and Steve Casstevens. | Ronnie Wachter/Sun-Times Media
Theresa Dunkin, superintendent of Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 (center), answers questions regarding the arrest of a Meridian Middle School teacher for allegedly producing and transmitting child pornography. Also at the Aug. 28 conference were School Board President Ellyn Ross and Buffalo Grove Police Chief and Steve Casstevens. | Ronnie Wachter/Sun-Times Media

The federal judge evaluating the case of a Buffalo Grove teacher suspected on child pornography has ordered he undergo a mental evaluation after suspicion he may try to commit suicide if released to confinement. According to the Chicago Tribune:

John C. Vastis, a longtime teacher at Meridian Middle School in Buffalo Grove, will remain in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center while the evaluation takes place. If Vastis isn’t found to be a danger to himself, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole said he would release him to confinement at his far northwest suburban Lakemoor home as long as he has no access to computers or the Internet.

The judge said his worries stemmed from a probation department report in which Vastis’ wife told a court employee he had suicidal thoughts in the past.

[Read the entire story at the Chicago Tribune]

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