A man working as a Rock Island High School teacher was put on leave the day after an alleged incident of sexual abuse of a student is believed to have happened.
Patrick J. Noya, 43, Rock Island, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, unlawful restraint, and distribution of harmful material to a minor, according to Rock Island County court records. Authorities allege the acts happened Nov. 5, 2018. Noya is accused of fondling a student who was at least 13 but younger than 18 and preventing the student from leaving a classroom. He is also accused of showing the student motion pictures of sexual conduct during the incident.
Officials learned of the allegations Nov. 6, 2018, and Noya was put on leave, and the Rock Island Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were notified, Holly Sparkman, a spokeswoman for the Rock Island-Milan School District said Friday morning. He was banned from district property and was fired Nov. 26, 2018.
The case against Noya was filed this week and he made his first appearance Thursday. He was being held on a $1 million bail, which means he must post a $100,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 20.
Rock Island County State's Attorney Dora A. Villarreal and county Assistant State's Attorney Caitlin R. Breedlove said Thursday that authorities were notified of the allegations within days of the alleged events and the investigation took place in the ensuing months. They said investigators monitored Noya closely while conducting their inquiry.
The prosecutors would not say who notified the police or whether there were further allegations against Noya being investigated.
Sparkman said Noya was hired in 2012 as an interpreter, became a paraprofessional in 2014 and was switched to a teacher for classes for students with English as a second language after he recieved a teaching certification in November of 2017.
That initial contract was scheduled to end in June 2018 -- the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Sparkman said. In April 2018, the school district’s board approved the non-renewal of contracts for several probationary teachers completing a partial year of service, including Noya.
This process, known as pink slipping, is a common practice in which a school district lays off teachers in one school year, but those teachers are at the top of the hiring list should there be openings in the following school year.
Sparkman said Rock Island-Milan hands out its pink slips in April because the district must provide a 90-day notice if a contract is not being renewed.
Noya was rehired as a teacher in May 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year, Sparkman said.
Rock Island Police ask anyone with information to contact the department at 309-732-2677 or the Quad-Cities chapter of Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500, or through the P3 tips app.