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George K. Gemeinhardt, 64, of the 500 block of North Happ Road. Photo Submitted
Megan Bernard, Editor
8:31 am CDT August 30, 2019

George K. Gemeinhardt, a former teacher’s assistant and substitute teacher at Middlefork Primary School, was arrested on two child pornography charges Thursday, Aug. 29.

The 64-year-old Northfield man, of the 500 block of North Happ Road, was taken into custody at 8:33 a.m. by Northfield Police.

Gemeinhardt was charged with one count of possession of child pornography/image depicting a child under age 13, and one count of possession of child pornography/image depicting a child under age 18.

According to a statement from Sunset Ridge District 29 Superintendent Edward J. Stange, Gemeinhardt worked at Middlefork for less than one year. The statement says Gemeinhardt worked as a substitute teacher from March-June in 2018 and worked as a teaching assistant at Middlefork from September 2018-March 2019. 

The Northfield Police Department is not aware of any evidence that Gemeinhardt’s conduct occurred at any of District 29’s schools or Northfield children, the statement says. He also did not utilize District 29 networks or technology equipment, according to the statement. 

Officials from the Northfield Police Department first contacted District 29 regarding Gemeinhardt on March 20, 2019 to inform the school they were initiating an investigation of Gemeinhardt’s alleged unlawful internet activity outside of school, the statement says. Gemeinhardt was not in attendance at District 29 on that date and did not return to the classroom after that date. 

Gemeinhardt then submitted his official resignation, which became effective March 22. 

“We understand that this news is extremely distressing,” Stange says in part. “District 29 is committed to protecting and ensuring the safety of our learning community and the well-being of our students.”

Northfield Police Sergeant Michael Hutensky told The Current the arrest was part of an ongoing investigation. 

Gemeinhardt was transported to Skokie Court on Friday, Aug. 30, for a bond hearing.