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Noble H.S. Teacher Sent Explicit Snapchat Photos to Teen Students: Charges

By Erica Demarest | January 28, 2016 5:11pm
 Angel Pagan, 31, taught dance and worked as a dance coach at Noble Street College Prep.
Angel Pagan, 31, taught dance and worked as a dance coach at Noble Street College Prep.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Noble Square high school teacher was arrested this week after he allegedly sent Snapchat photos of his penis to three teenage students.

Angel Pagan, 31, told one of the male victims via text that there's "no shame in the game," Assistant State's Attorney Brian Whang said during a bond hearing Thursday.

Pagan is also accused of groping two of the students and commenting on the size of their genitalia.

All three victims attend Noble Street College Prep, 1010 N. Noble St., the charter school where Pagan worked as a dance teacher and dance coach, prosecutors said.

Pagan was "swiftly removed" from the West Side school after Noble Street officials learned about the allegations earlier this month, a school spokesman said Thursday. Pagan began working at the high school in 2008.

According to prosecutors, Pagan taught the first victim, a 16-year-old boy, in one of his dance classes. In early December 2015, Pagan allegedly walked in on the boy as he showered, fully nude, in a school locker room, and began to make comments about the teen's genitalia.

Pagan also groped the boy several times, claiming he was performing a "cup check," prosecutors said. In late December and early January, the boy received Snapchat photos of Pagan's penis. The teen took a screenshot of one of the images and turned it over to police, according to prosecutors.

The second victim, a 16-year-old boy, was one of Pagan's students and a member of his dance team, Whang said. Starting in April 2015, the teen allegedly received lewd Snapchat photos from Pagan. The teacher groped the boy at school in January 2016, prosecutors said.

The third victim, a 17-year-old boy, attended Noble Street but did not have Pagan as a teacher, according to Whang. Pagan allegedly sent the teen graphic Snapchat photos throughout December and January.

According to prosecutors, Pagan later admitted to sending the photos to all three boys.

He is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a child and distributing harmful material.

Pagan's public defender said Pagan is married and has a daughter.

Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. on Thursday ordered Pagan held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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