Christian School Teacher, Who Lectured Girls on Modesty, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Students
A kindergarten teacher and pastor’s wife at a private Christian school near Chicago—who purportedly used to lecture female students about dressing modestly—now stands accused of sexually assaulting students and seeking nude photos from them.
Shannon Griffin, a 49-year-old teacher at Jordan Baptist School, has been charged with solicitation of child pornography, distribution of harmful materials, grooming, and five counts of criminal sexual assault, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced on Tuesday.
Griffin was allegedly engaging in such conduct from 2013 through March 2019 and sent nude photos and videos of herself to two boys at the school and asked them to send photos of themselves back to her, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told The Daily Beast.
Jordan Baptist offers classes for pre-kindergarten through high-school students in Burbank, Illinois. Officials did not say how old the victims were.
Police records obtained by The Chicago Tribune allege that the Griffin’s husband—the school pastor—and the principal were both made aware of the inappropriate videos and images during the course of the investigation.
Former student Yhaneera Aparicio-Armas, who graduated from the high school in 2014, told ABC Chicago that Griffin routinely admonished girls for dressing immodestly.
“She would write me up and other girls and, like, how ironic that you’re telling us how to dress, us how to be modest, and be Christian women, and you turn around doing the exact opposite,” said Aparicio-Aramas, referencing the inappropriate videos of Griffin.
Parent Mike Mollo told CBS Chicago that his kids showed him videos of Griffin that had apparently been circulated by students.