Dance teacher groped students, sent lewd pictures: prosecutors

CHICAGO (STMW) - A Noble Street College Prep dance instructor allegedly groped two of his 16-year-old students and sent the boys and another male student at the West Town school pictures of his genitals on Snapchat.

Cook County prosecutors said Thursday that Angel Pagan sent pictures of his uncircumcised penis to a member of the dance team on the social media app, adding the hashtag “teamskin,” the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Pagan told the other student, who was also in his dance class and dance team, to “watch out” before he sent the lewd snapshot with the caption that read “fresh and clean” over winter break, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Whang said. Pagan, 31, also allegedly sent that boy a text message that said, “No shame in the game.”

Pagan also grabbed that victim’s genitals at the school on Jan. 7, the prosecutor said.

Angel Pagan did “cup checks” on the other teenager in the locker room at least two or three times between the fall and winter of last year, Whang said.

The boy had noticed that Pagan touched other students in the same manner, Whang said.

In early December, Pagan allegedly accosted the boy in the locker room only wearing his underwear after basketball practice at the West Town charter school.

Pagan pulled open the curtain as the boy was showering, the prosecutor said.

Pagan got into the shower when the boy got out and called out the teenager’s name. The boy, who was still in the locker room, turned around and saw a naked Pagan, Whang said.

That same month, Pagan started chatting with the boy on Snapchat, Whang said.

Pagan initially sent pictures of his face. But during Christmas break, Pagan messaged the boy a picture of a shower with the caption, “shower time,” the prosecutor said. Then Pagan started sending pictures of his penis, the prosecutor said.

Around the same time, Pagan contacted another 17-year-old student from the school who wasn’t in Pagan’s class. Pagan sent that boy a picture of his genitals, Whang said. When the boy told Pagan he was straight, Pagan said he knew but was just playing, the prosecutor said.

The two students who were in Pagan’s class captured some of the images, which were turned over to police.

Pagan was arrested Tuesday.

Pagan is married, majored in computer science in college and is also a coach at the school, a defense attorney told Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.

Bourgeois set bail at $500,000 for Pagan, of Melrose Park. Pagan is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a child and manufacturing harmful material.

Noble Street College Prep spokesman Cody Rogers said Pagan was recently terminated from his position at the school.

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