Former NNHS counselor sentenced for sex abuse of student
BY BILL BIRD email@example.com February 19, 2013 7:48PM
Former Naperville North High School counselor and convicted sex offender John W. Carbonaro, 35, of Warrenville. Photo courtesy of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Updated: March 21, 2013 6:48AM
A former guidance counselor and coach at Naperville North High School was sentenced Tuesday to jail and placed on sex offender probation for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl he had counseled.
John W. Carbonaro, a 35-year-old father of two from Warrenville, will serve 30 nights in DuPage County Jail under a work-release program.
Carbonaro pleaded guilty Jan. 8 in DuPage County Circuit Court to a felony charge of criminal sexual abuse, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin. Court records showed seven more serious counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse were dismissed in exchange for that plea.
In addition to the work-release arrangement, Judge Blanche Hill Fawell ordered Carbonaro to serve 30 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, or SWAP. Darrah said Fawell also placed Carbonaro on 30 months of sex offender probation and 10 years on the state’s sex offender registry.
Carbonaro was convicted of abusing the student in the summer of 2010 in his home. Berlin last winter said Carbonaro inappropriately touched the girl.
Naperville School District 203 officials in February 2011 were notified by an unidentified “concerned parent” about the suspected relationship. A subsequent investigation by officials of the DuPage County Children’s Center and Berlin’s office led to the charges being filed against Carbonaro.
Carbonaro in 2006 began working full-time for the district. In addition to his duties as a counselor, he coached the junior varsity girls’ golf team.
District 203 officials suspended Carbonaro with pay following his arrest. He had no prior criminal record.