Riverside Brookfield High School Employee Charged With Sending Student Nude Videos

Nancy Harty
February 16, 2020 - 1:53 pm
Anthony P. Roberts

Riverside police

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RIVERSIDE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- When classes resume at Riverside Brookfield High School on Monday, one staff member will be absent. 

WBBM Newsradio's Nancy Harty reports he was arrested over the weekend for allegedly sending naked videos to a student. 

Teacher aide and assistant boy's basketball coach, Anthony P. Roberts, was arrested at the school Friday, but no students were around because it was a teacher institute day.

The 30-year-old has been charged with disseminating harmful material, and then put on leave after allegedly sending nude videos of himself on Snapchat to a 17-year-old female student.

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said detectives are still reviewing data from the social media company to see if Roberts sent videos to other people. 

"We are still going through all that data too, but it is likely that this was sent out to more than the current victim, but we have no evidence to show that it was sent out to more students right now," he said.

Weitzel said the student and her mother filed a complaint with police about the videos back in December, after someone sent the girl “videos showing nude, male genitalia.” Investigators obtained a warrant for the Snapchat account that sent the videos and ultimately identified the suspect as Roberts.

“Due to the sensitivity of this case, detectives worked directly with Snapchat in California to obtain records as soon as possible,” Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in the statement. “Our detectives received full cooperation from the Riverside Brookfield High School superintendent and his staff, and they continue to assist in the overall investigation.”

The school district was first informed about the investigation Friday and immediately placed Roberts on administrative leave, Township District 208 superintendent Kevin Skinkis said.

“Student safety is our top priority and we will continue to work with the Riverside Police Department accordingly,” Skinkis said.

Police said there is “no evidence that any physical contact took place between Mr. Roberts and any students or other juveniles.”

Anyone with information about the case or similar incidents is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Leo Kotor or Detective James Lazansky at 708-447-2127.

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