In May of this year, 30-year-old Christopher Lee, a former dean’s assistant at St. Charles North High School was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse after engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl at the school. Lee has pleaded not guilty. Now his attorney has filed a motion which seeks to allow Lee to assert a mistake-of-age defense. He is currently free on $50,000 bail.
In Illinois, the legal age of consent is 17, he age the alleged victim was at the time. Lee’s attorney maintains the case stems from “consensual sex,” however his client is currently unable to use the mistake-of-age defense due to the fact he allegedly committed the crimes he is charged with while in a “position of trust.” When a case involves a teacher, school employee, or someone who is considered to be in a position of trust, authority, or supervision, the age of consent rises to 18.