Elementary school teacher found guilty of sexually assaulting student in Aurora

Juan Avendano | Kane County State's Attorney's Office

A teacher was found guilty of sexually assaulting a student at Bardwell Elementary School in west suburban Aurora.

A Kane County jury found Juan C. Avendano, 65, guilty of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to the Kane County State's Attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Avendano sexually assaulted the student, who was younger than 13-years-old at the time, between August 2016 and June 2017. The child was Avendano's student at Bardwell Elementary in East Aurora School District 131, according to prosecutors. 


Kane County Judge Salvatore LoPiccolo, Jr. revoked Avendano's $25,000 bond after the conviction.

"Mr. Avendano selfishly exploited the teacher-student relationship. Sadly, the vast majority of child sexual abuse victims are preyed upon by adults they know and should be able to trust. Thankfully, when this survivor spoke up to a friend about the sexual abuse, the friend listened and told an adult," said Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Matthew Rodgers.

Avendano is due back in court on Sept. 29 for post-trial motions and to set a sentencing date. He will be required to register for life as a sex offender.