Teen Charged in High School 'Sex List' Case

Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 4:47 PM CDT
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A former Oak Park River Forest High School student has been arrested and charged in connection with a list that ranked female students by their sexual characteristics and alleged sexual behaviors.

The teen was arrested Monday and charged with disorderly conduct.

The father of one of the 50 girls targeted by the list confirmed Tuesday the arrest. His wife, he said, was contacted by Oak Park police Tuesday morning about the charges.

The list emerged in January and described the girls by explicit, derogatory nicknames and assessed their physical appearance, sexual desirability, sexual activity and other characteristics. It was posted on Facebook and hundreds of copies were printed and distributed at the high school during lunch period, before the school administration intervened.

The boy was processed and turned over to his legal guardian, said Detective Cmdr. LaDon Reynolds.

The boy was expelled from OPRFHS in February and sent to an alternative high school in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, according to sources.

An OPRFHS spokeswoman called the episode a "sad and troubling experience," and said discussions were held between students, faculty staff and parents about the impact of bullying and harassment in response to the list.

Dale Jones, father of one of the girls, said that while he welcomed the arrest, he was concerned that a disorderly conduct charge was not serious enough of a response for a "very serious offense that affected many people."

Still, he said, "I’m gratified that the investigation continued, and that charges are being filed. I’m hopeful they consider additional charges as they gather more evidence."

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