Music tutor charged with sex abuse of minor in Lake Forest

Patrick Jennings (Lake Forest Police Department)

A 32-year-old Chicago man who worked as a private music tutor has been charged after suburban Lake Forest police saw him engage in inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old.

Patrick R. Jennings was arrested Friday after being charged in a warrant with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

On Feb. 29, a Lake Forest police officer on patrol said he witnessed Jennings inside a parked car alone with the 15-year-old music student. According to police, "the officer witnessed Jennings engaged in inappropriate physical conduct with the minor."

As a result, detectives interviewed Jennings, the student and several witnesses and then analyzed data from two smartphones and a tablet that belong to Jennings.

Lake Forest police say they are talking to Jennings' students to see if there may be other victims.

Jennings worked for the School of Rock. That company says it has severed all ties with him.

A judge set bail for Jennings at $500,000. His next court date is March 22.
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