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Chicago Press Conference Thursday - Former Students Sue Lake Bluff School District for Sexual Abuse
4/26/2018 10:30:00 AM
Former Students Sue
Lake Bluff School District for Sexual Abuse

Lawsuits allege school superintendent knew teacher Charles Ritz was
sexually inappropriate with children for over 10 years prior to Ritz’s resignation

Courageous survivor John Bollman to speak openly about
Ritz abuse and his efforts to get schools to act

Charles Ritz Photo
Charles Ritz Timeline
Doe 593 v. Lake Bluff School District
Doe 594 v. Lake Bluff School District
Edward Higginson v. Lake Bluff School District
John Bollman v. Lake Bluff School District
Joseph Lombardi v. Lake Bluff School District

WHAT: At a news conference today in Chicago, a sexual abuse survivor and his attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman will:

•    Speak publicly about sexual abuse by now-convicted former Lake Bluff teacher Charles Ritz while they were students at Lake Bluff Junior High;
•    Announce the filing of five lawsuits, including a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging that Lake Bluff District officials knew that Ritz was sexually abusing boys, and then let him quietly resign from his job. Ritz went on to sexually abuse children in Southern California where he worked as a teacher for 30 years.
•    Discuss how Ritz’s victims came together using social media and gathered information about their abuse to help law enforcement investigate, arrest, and charge Ritz, resulting in a guilty plea late last year.
•    Encourage other survivors of Ritz to come forward confidentially.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1:00PM CT

WHERE: 222 North LaSalle Street
              Suite 2150
              Chicago, IL 60601

NOTES: Watch the event live on our website and on Facebook

Contact Marc Pearlman: Office/312.261.4550 Mobile/773.368.0142
Contact Jeff Anderson:  Office/651.227.9990 Mobile/612.817.8665
Contact Trusha Goffe: Office/651.227.9990 Mobile/612.760.4985