Joliet teacher fired after being accused of 'inappropriately communicating with a teenage boy'

Joliet police have issued an arrest warrant for a former Catholic school teacher accused of inappropriately communicating with a teenage boy.

Jeremy M. Hylka is facing charges of traveling to meet a child and grooming, according to Joliet police.

On Saturday, detectives confirmed they were working with Hylka's attorney to bring him in.

Hylka was a former teacher at Joliet Catholic Academy, St. Joseph Catholic School in Lockport as well as St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus. He also volunteered at St. Jude Catholic Church in New Lenox from 2014 to 2015, according to Mary Massingale, a Diocese spokesperson.

He was removed from his position after diocesan officals learned about the charges related to a video depicting Hylka engaging in inappropriate communication with a minor.

Police said in the morning on Wednesday, April 29, investigators were notified of a snapchat video that possibly depicted inappropriate contact of an adult with a minor. 

They say that adult in the video is Hylka.

Police say the person who uploaded it to snapchat, posed as a 15-year-old online, but is actually 19-years-old. 

Police say he independently did this and brought the info to law enforcement. 

The 19-year-old runs a group called Save Our Siblings, which is not affiliated with law enforcement. 


Hylka is prohibited from working or volunteering for any diocesan school or parish, the diocese said in a statement.

"We urge any individuals who have suspicions of child abuse to notify local law enforcement authorities and diocesan officials," the statement said. "We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a safe environment for all children under our care."