Former primary school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a minor boy in a hotel room

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Indianapolis, Indiana — A former Chicago elementary school teacher has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting a boy under 13 in an Indiana hotel room, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said.

Pedro Ibarra, the 48-year-old man from Illinois, was sentenced Monday to federal prison on charges of child sexual exploitation and attempted child sexual exploitation, the DoJ said in a press release. Ibarra signed a plea deal earlier this year.

Investigations revealed that Ibarra met the underage boy in an online chat room on June 21, 2021 and persuaded the latter to engage in sexually explicit behavior that he recorded on his phone.

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Later, Ibarra drove to Hancock County, Indiana, picked up the boy and took him to a hotel room where he was sexually assaulted. Ibarra also recorded the act on his cell phone, court records said.

The investigation began after the boy’s parents reported the boy missing. The minor returned home after being sexually assaulted by Ibarra. He later revealed his ordeal to the police.

Investigators quickly identified the suspect and arrested him on June 23, 2021. Ibarra was a teacher at Chicago Public School when he committed the crimes and was fired after the arrest. He had taught primary school students for over three years.

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“Four hours. Ibarra had four hours to acknowledge the wrongfulness of his behavior. Ibarra had four hours to reflect on the fact that the child he was about to see was a quarter of Ibarra’s age. Ibarra had four hours to acknowledge that this boy was the same age as some of Ibarra’s elementary school students,” officials said in a federal criminal memorandum, Law & Crime reported.

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Federal agents became involved in the investigation after the preliminary investigation revealed that Ibarra crossed state lines to abuse the underage boy.

When examining Ibarra’s phone, the researchers also found data showing that he was engaging in sexually explicit behavior with another boy. The second victim was later identified as a minor living in Illinois.

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