There's an arrest warrant is out for a former Catholic school teacher in the southwest suburbs. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports from Joliet where police released new information about the investigation.
IRIKA SARGENT: Good afternoon, I'm Irika Sargent.
BRAD EDWARDS: And I'm Brad Edwards. More breaking news, an arrest warrant out for a former Catholic schoolteacher, now charged with sex offenses against a child.
IRIKA SARGENT: CBS 2 investigator Megan Hickey is live in Joliet. Megan, you just spoke to police, and they say the charges stem from a setup that was caught on cell phone video.
MEGAN HICKEY: Right. The police say that it's a group called "Save Our Siblings" that posed as a 15-year-old boy and then started texting with this man, Jeremy Hylka. He agreed to meet them at a McDonald's here in Joliet, after agreeing to some type of sexual encounter with the boy. Now, the video of this encounter, it's about 18 minutes long. We're only going to show you a very small portion. But I can tell you that Joliet police positively identified Hylka as the man seen running.
- --"To Catch a Predator"-style online. Nope. Nope. No, no, no, come on. We're Joliet police. We know who you are. Come on. Hey, we got a pedophile! We got a pedophile running!
JEREMY HYLKA: My name is Jeremy Hylka, director and founder of the Joliet Weather Center.
MEGAN HICKEY: Now, Hylka is well-known in the Joliet area as a theology teacher and a forecaster for the local Joliet Weather Center. It's also not the first time allegations against him have surfaced online. We learned that in June. He was working at Joliet Catholic Academy when the administration was made aware of online allegations against Hylka. The school said they notified Joliet police, he was put on leave, and he subsequently resigned.
Now, Hylka was still working at St. Joseph Catholic School in Lockport and two Catholic churches in Joliet. The diocese of Joliet says he was terminated yesterday. A Will County judge issued an arrest warrant for Jeremy Hylka in the amount of $100,000 for charges of traveling to meet a child and grooming. Joliet police tell us the intent to meet a minor for a sexual encounter was enough to file charges.
SHAWN FILIPIAK: Do I believe that there's other victims? There could possibly be. That's why, as the Joliet Police Department, we take these allegations very seriously. I encourage anybody that was a victim, ever, please come forward. We want to hear your story. Your story should be told.
MEGAN HICKEY: Now, I asked police about those allegations back in June that caused Hylka to resign from Joliet Catholic Academy. They say they were unable to substantiate those allegations. They were unable to identify victims, so charges were never filed. I should say as of 4:00 PM, Hylka was not in custody. In Joliet, Megan Hickey, CBS 2 Investigators.