Suburban Substitute Teacher Charged with Cyberstalking

He was ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bail

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    A substitute teacher at a Highland Park High School was charged with cyberstalking after he allegedly made “disparaging rants” about his release from the school.

    Steven Habay, 40, was charged with one felony count of cyberstalking and misdemeanor harassment by electronic device, according to a release from Highland Park police.

    Police said Habay was “released from the employment of District 113” Wednesday after an internal personnel investigation. As a result, his access to the building and the building’s technology were revoked, the release said.

    After his release, however, police said Habay began posting “disparaging rants” related to his release, sparking an investigation with the Highland Park police.

    During the investigation, police worked with district officials to provide an extra presence at the school.

    Police said the investigation led them to a computer IP address registered to Habay and around 4 p.m. Friday, officers arrested Habay at his parents’ home, where he lives.

    “Computer evidence, along with statements made by Habay at the time of his arrest linked him to the inappropriate communications resulting in his arrest,” according to the release.

    He was ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bail and is set to appear in court on June 9.