Ex-Chicago Christian teacher charged with sex abuse

Kenneth Martin

  A former teacher at Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights was arrested last week and charged with allegedly having a sexual relationship with a former student, who was 16 years old at the time, police said.
  Kenneth Martin, 34, of Chicago, was charged April 1 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after a year-long investigation by the Palos Heights Police Department, police said in a release Tuesday.
  A year ago April, police learned from two former Chicago Christian High School students, that while still students at the high school in 2009, they each engaged in inappropriate relationships with Martin, who was their music teacher, police said.
  During that time, Martin’s full legal name was Kenneth Whitney, police said.
  During the investigation, it was learned Martin’s relationship with the students progressed into a physical sexual relationship with one of the students, age 16 at the time, police said.
  During the past year, Palos Heights police detectives were assisted by the Orland Park Police Department and Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to forensically analyze numerous amounts of electronic equipment in the case, according to police.
  That investigation found no evidence to indicate that Martin engaged in inappropriate behavior with any other alleged victims, police said.
  Martin was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse police after police presented the case to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Monday. He was transported on Tuesday to the 5th District Courthouse in Bridgeview, where during a hearing his bond was set at $100,000, police said.