Prosecutor: 'There are other victims that have come forward'

Prosecutor: 'There are other victims that have come forward'

DANVILLE — A former volunteer with the North Ridge Middle School music program accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2011 and 2012 met the victim when he was 10 through their involvement with the Danville Light Opera, according to Vermilion County’s top prosecutor.

At a court hearing Wednesday, State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said David J. Woodrow befriended the boy and his family.

“The sexual abuse began in 2011, when the victim was 15,” she said, adding it continued while the victim was in high school.

Woodrow, 41, of Danville, was formally charged with six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Although no other charges have been filed at this time, Lacy indicated to Associate Judge Karen Wall that “there are other victims that have come forward.”

Woodrow’s attorney, Dave Ryan, pleaded not guilty on his client’s behalf.

Wall set Woodrow’s bond at $100,000, meaning he must post $10,000 in order to be released.

Ryan asked for a significantly lower bond of $1,000. But Lacy argued for the higher amount, saying it was necessary “for the protection of the public.”

Woodrow’s next court appearance is set for Aug. 3. If he’s convicted of the Class 2 felonies, he could be sentenced to probation or three to seven years in prison on each count.

In requesting the bond amount, Lacy said the abuse occurred from July through September of 2011 and June 2012, when the victim was between 13 and 17 and the defendant was at least five years older.

She said the victim attended a private boarding school and that Woodrow had permission from his parents to take him out of school.

“He would take the victim out of boarding school on trips,” she said, adding that’s when the abuse occurred. “He held a position of trust, authority and supervision over the victim,” who is now 22.

Woodrow is the artistic director of the Beef House Dinner Theatre. He was also a longtime volunteer with the choral and drama programs at North Ridge, where his wife, Jennifer, works as the choral instructor and director of the award-winning Redcoats and Radiant Reds show choirs.

David Woodrow often served as assistant director in musical and dramatic performances. According to Superintendent Alicia Geddis, he contracted with the school’s music boosters to provide choreography, but that contract ended. She said Woodrow is not currently a volunteer with the district.

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