Judge Allows School Records Release in Sexual Abuse Case

Judge Blanch Fawell said she will inspect the records from District 203 before handing them over to attorneys for John Carbonaro.

, the judge in the sexual abuse case of a former counselor has ordered Naperville School District 203 to release student records.

The attorney for , 34, who was charged in February 2011 with aggravated criminal sexual assault after being accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl had requested records of two students at a court hearing earlier this month.

Judge Blanche Fawell directed that release the records of the students, including one students prosecutors described as John Carbonaro's victim. Fawell said the records need to be sent to her for inspection before handing them over to anyone involved in the case. She also told the district to inform the girls' parents of their rights to inspect the information and to object to the records being shared with Carbonaro's attorney.

Prosecutors have objected to the records release based on privacy concerns, but also because prosecutors contend it is the defense’s attempt at a "fishing expedition.”

Fawell also said she will inspect Facebook account information subpoenaed by Carbonaro's attorney.

, a concerned parent contacted the school's principal to relate information about a relationship that Carbonaro had with a student. District officials contacted authorities to begin an immediate investigation at that time. 

Carbonaro was indicted on eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in March 2011. The case resumes on Feb. 6.


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