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Teacher accused of lewd conduct to claim insanity

The private schoolteacher accused of indecent conduct in front of a classroom of students in Schaumburg will claim insanity as his defense, his attorney said Thursday.

Paul LaDuke, 75, of Hanover Park, was charged with sexual exploitation of a child last November after authorities said he masturbated underneath a smock while a group of 13 high school math students were in his classroom at Schaumburg Christian School. LaDuke, who had taught at the school for more than 25 years, was promptly fired.

Defense attorneys Frank Furlett and Irv Seidler said Thursday that LaDuke suffers from a brain disorder marked by a “narrowing of the frontal lobe.” The condition was diagnosed during examinations at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Elk Grove Village, Furlett said.

“He has no ability to control his emotions,” Furlett said after a hearing in Cook County’s Rolling Meadows branch court.

There is no treatment for the disorder, he said.

After his arrest, authorities said LaDuke told them that he been engaging in the lewd behavior in school for a number of years. None of the students in the class were touched or physically harmed, authorities said.

Prosecutors have until LaDuke’s next court date, on March 13, to decide if they will have him examined by another psychiatrist for a diagnosis of his mental condition.

 

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