Crime & Courts

Former District 300 substitute teacher sentenced to 60 more years after pleading guilty to criminal sexual abuse

The new sentence comes on top of the 112 years the former substitute is serving for predatory criminal sexual assault

KANE COUNTY – A former substitute teacher in a Carpentersville elementary school was sentenced to 60 more years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to a news release from Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser’s office.

Kane County Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr. accepted the plea from Carlos A. Bedoya, 66, of the 100 block of Acorn Lane, Aurora.

This new sentence comes on top of the 112 years that Bedoya is serving after a Kane County jury found him guilty in 2019 of eight counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

According to the release, Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Tyler Cox stated that between August 2015 and June 2017 Bedoya sexually abused 12 child victims. All of the children were students at Golfview Elementary School in Carpentersville. The children were in kindergarten through third grade, and Bedoya was their substitute teacher.

Bedoya also worked as a youth soccer coach for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township.

“This 66-year-old defendant was found guilty by a jury in 2019 of sexually abusing one child, and he was sentenced to 112 years behind bars,” Cox stated in the release. “His guilty pleas in the remaining cases spares a dozen child sexual abuse survivors from the trauma and emotion of testifying in front of a jury, and it provides additional assurance that this predator will not take another breath as a free man. My thanks to the children and their families for their support and their willingness to tell their story to prevent other children from being victimized by Mr. Bedoya. My thanks also to the outstanding team at the CAC, and to everyone involved in this investigation and prosecution.”

The most recent sentence is five years in prison for each of the 12 counts, for a total of 60 years.

The 60-year sentence will be served consecutive to the 112-year sentence, meaning Bedoya will spend the rest of his life in prison, the release stated.

In addition to the prison term, Bedoya must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.