Richard Ray

Evanston Township High School Security Guard Charged With Sexually Assaulting Student

A spokesperson for the high school did not immediately respond to a request for information about Haywood’s employment history.

An Evanston Township High School security guard was charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student.

Michael B. Haywood, 33, of Evanston, was charged with a felony count of criminal sexual assault by a person in a position of authority, according to Evanston police.

On Jan. 9, school staff told police that they received a report of an “improper relationship” between Haywood and the girl, police said.

During a subsequent investigation, officers honed in on a Nov. 23 incident in the 1800 block of Dodge Avenue “that rose to the level of criminal sexual assault by a person in a position of authority,” police said. The alleged assault did not happen on school property or during school hours.

A spokesperson for the high school did not immediately respond to a request for information about Haywood’s employment history.

For several weeks, officers tried repeatedly to contact and interview Haywood, police said. He eventually turned himself over to police on Tuesday, but did not make a statement.

Haywood is scheduled to appear at a bail hearing Tuesday in Skokie.

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