Fired Highland teacher charged for unwanted sexual advances to students
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent December 13, 2011 4:52PM
Updated: January 15, 2012 8:14AM
Criminal charges have been filed against a former Highland classroom teacher and coach who authorities said made unwanted sexual advances against a girl with learning disabilities beginning when she was a middle school student.
Samuel J. Fies, 33, of the 9500 block of Villagio Way, St. John, was fired by the Highland School Board during a special early morning meeting on Nov. 23. He is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, child molesting, criminal confinement, child solicitation and attempted child seduction. Two other girls have been identified as individuals whom Fies allegedly victimized.
The girl, now 15, said Fies would make her sit in front of the classroom when he taught seventh-grade social studies at the middle school and knock her books off the desk. When she would bend down to pick up the books, her breast would rub against his hand. He also would stand in her way when she was leaving the classroom and try to rub up against her. When she was in eighth grade, Fies was the track and cross country coach and would ask her to stay after school, ask her what color her panties and bra were and instruct her not to tell anyone because he could go to jail, according to court documents.
Fies would contact the girl during and after school but also on his cell phone and through instant messaging online, the probable cause affidavit states. During some of the communications Fies would ask the girl to take pictures of herself and send them to him. At school she showed him one photo she had taken on her cell phone of her from the neck down in her panties and bra, and he “continued to badger her to show him photos,” the probable cause affidavit states.
In May, when the girl was speaking with a female coach, Fies walked into the athletic office, asked the coach to leave, then locked the door, grabbed the girl, undid her pants and fondled her, then unzipped his pants and forced the girl to touch him, according to court documents. The girl said she had to leave because her sibling was coming to get her and would worry, and Fies became angry and said, “You’re all talk and you won’t even do anything with me.” The girl was able to leave the office.
Police confiscated Fies’ laptop computer and cell phone through a search warrant and discovered he had been communicating with a 13-year-old girl online and through texting.
Fies asked the girl to send pictures “up her dress” to him. The girl told police she thought she recognized the man’s voice when they spoke on the phone as a teacher she knows because of what she described as his distinctive, whiny voice. Fies claimed to be 25 years old.
A third girl told police she met Fies through a dating website and they began communicating through texts and phone calls, which were of a sexual nature. The girl, who is learning disabled and emotionally disabled, told Fies she was 17. Fies said he wanted to go on a date with her and the girl told him he needed to meet her parents first, court records state.
The charges are punishable by a maximum 20-year sentence.