DANVILLE — A veteran high school art teacher has been charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court with attempted criminal sexual abuse, battery and exploitation of a child, according to court records.
John Rackow Jr., who last fall began his 15th school year teaching art at Danville High, was arrested on the four counts involving two different victims.
He posted the required $7,500 bail and is free on bond until his next court date, June 27, when he will be formally arraigned on the charges brought forward by the Vermilion County State's Attorney's office.
Danville school district officials did not return phone calls or emails Thursday seeking comment about Rackow's status with the school district.
The high school's online staff directory still lists Rackow as a teacher. Also, his LinkedIn page still describes his job as "art teacher at Danville High School."
According to court records, Rackow was indicted on two Class 3 felony counts of attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse; one count of aggravated battery in a public way, which is also a Class 3 felony; and one count of sexual exploitation of a child, a misdemeanor.
A warrant for his arrest was issued May 22, according to court records. He was arrested last week.
The charges of attempted criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation — involving knowingly exposing a sex organ for sexual arousal — are related to one victim and alleged incidents that occurred between Dec. 1, 2018, and Jan. 31, 2019, according to court records.
The charge of battery in a public way involves a second victim and an alleged incident on Feb. 19 of this year, records show.