Bond Set at $500,000 for Metea Valley High School Teacher Charged with Criminal Sexual Assault – Cardinal News
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross announced today that a former Metea Valley High School choir teacher has been charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a former student. Nathan Bramstedt, 42, of the 600 block of Pimlico Street, Oswego, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Susan Alvarado set his bond at $500,000 with 10% to be applied. Apparently, from February 2019 to June 2019, Bramstedt sexually assaulted his victim, who was seventeen at the time, on multiple occasions at multiple locations in the school. The alleged abuse came to light when the victim reported it to authorities last year. The Aurora Police Department and DuPage County Children’s Center are investigating the case.
“Teachers are role models that students look up to and in whom parents place great trust. It is alleged that Mr Bramstedt used his position of trust and authority to seduce his victim into giving him what she wanted. If the allegations against Mr. Bramstedt are true, he breached that trust in the worst way possible. I thank Metea Valley High School officials for their full cooperation throughout this investigation and commend the Aurora Police Department, including Detective Laura Kolanowski, for their outstanding work on this very disturbing case. I also thank the DuPage County Children’s Center, especially Detective Boris Vrbos as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Fisher for their work on this case and their ongoing efforts to protect our children from sexual predators.
– Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney
“I want to commend the victim in this case for her courage and willingness to report these horrific acts of sexual assault and allow us to investigate this matter to bring justice to her and her family. I want to thank Aurora Police Detective Kolanowski, the DuPage County Children’s Center, and the DuPage State’s Attorney’s Office for their tireless work on this case.
— Keith Cross, Aurora Police Chief
Bramstedt was taken into custody without incident on Friday afternoon, April 8, 2022. He was charged with nine counts of felony sexual assault – position of trust/authority (class 1 felony) and three counts of assault Aggravated Criminal Sexual – Position of Trust/Authority (Class 2 felony). If convicted on all counts, sentencing guidelines state that sentences imposed for Class 1 crimes must be consecutive, exposing Bramstedt to a minimum of thirty-six years. in the Illinois Department of Corrections. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 2, 2022 for an arraignment before Judge Daniel Guérin.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only accusations and does not constitute proof of the accused’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial in which the onus is on the government to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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