Former Burr Ridge Middle School teacher accused of raping student

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:45 p.m. CDT

BURR RIDGE – A former Burr Ridge Middle School teacher has been accused of raping a 13-year-old middle school boy in the mid-1990s, according to media reports citing a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court.

Spiro Lempesis is accused of sexually assaulting a former student when he was a teacher, as well as an athletic coach at Burr Ridge Middle School, the reports said.

District 180 Superintendent Thomas Schneider said this was a case that allegedly happened 17 years ago, and very few members of the current staff were employed at that time.

“We don't want any of the good things we're doing now to help our students be successful to be tainted in any way by something that happened 17 years ago when nearly 90 percent of us weren't here,” Schneider said.

Lempesis was terminated by the district in 1996, according to the reports He could not be reached for comment.

Schneider said the case will now be referred to the district's attorneys and they will advise the district on the best course of action. He said the district will cooperate in any way and provide whatever information is available.

“That employee is no longer with the district,” he said. “All of our staff have been compliant with all the certifications and we believe we have an environment where students are safe and feel safe here.”

In May, a lawsuit was filed against Lempesis for sex abuse allegations that occurred while he was a baseball coach at Concordia University, according to media reports. In that case filed in Cook County Circuit Court, a student accuses Lempesis of having him do sex acts on videotape to raise his stock on the baseball team.

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