Guilty! Darcee N. Schmidt Baney, Loves Park, Illinois (arrested Sept 2012)

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    Name: Darcee N. Schmidt Baney, Loves Park, Illinois

    Age: 27

    School: Harlem Middle School [Harlem School District 122], Loves Park, Illinois; also varsity girls basketball coach at Belvidere High School [Belvidere School District], Belvidere, Illinois

    Position: 7th-grade science teacher

    Victim: Girl, 17

    Twitter: @darceebaney

    My Stateline: Harlem Middle School Teacher Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges (Sept 25 2012)

    Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato told reporters during a news conference Tuesday that 27-year-old Darcee Baney had sexual contact with a female student she coached on the Belvidere High School girl's basketball team. It allegedly happened between November 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 when the girl was 17.

    My Stateline: Teacher, coach charged with sexual abuse of a 17-year-old (Sept 25 2012)

    27-year-old Darcee Baney is a former Harlem High School basketball star who also played basketball in college. Police say the abuse took place during Baney's first year as a teacher at Harlem Middle School, while she was also coaching varsity girls basketball at Belvidere High School.

    WREX: UPDATED: Harlem teacher faces charges of criminal sexual abuse (Sept 25 2012)

    This case involves multiple school districts, cities, and counties in the area. Darcee Baney has been a Harlem Middle School 7th grade science teacher since the '08-'09 school year. During her first year at Harlem, she also worked at Belividere High School as a varsity high school girls' basketball coach. She's charged with 10 counts related to sexual abuse. That's five incidents, two counts each, one count for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and one for criminal sexual abuse. Her crimes allegedly occurred during her coaching at Belvidere High School. The victim, who was 17 at the time, was one of Baney's players.

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    Rockford Register Star: Former Harlem basketball great Darcee (Schmidt) Baney charged with sex abuse (Sept 25 2012)

    The Harlem Middle School teacher accused of 10 counts of sexual abuse and placed on administrative leave is one of Harlem's all-time great girls basketball players and the head coach of the Belvidere Bucs for the 2008-09 season. Darcee Baney remains the all-time leading scorer for Division II Lewis University ... The former Darcee Schmidt was named Belvidere's sixth girls basketball coach in eight years in 2008, two months after getting married. She coached Belvidere for only one year. Tim Bukoski replaced her in 2009-10, becoming Belvidere's seventh coach in nine years. Schmidt was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2007 when she led Lewis to a team-record 28 wins. She led Lewis that year in scoring (21.7 points), field goal percentage (.514), 3-point shooting (.475), free-throw percentage (.819) and steals (53). Lewis won its first conference title in 22 seasons that year.

    Rockford Register Star: Harlem Middle School teacher faces 10 sexual abuse charges (Sept 25 2012)

    Darcee Baney, 27, of Loves Park has been charged with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and five counts of criminal sexual abuse. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced the charges today. Baney, who turned herself in this morning to Belvidere police, posted 10 percent of the $10,000 bond and was released, Bruscato said. She scheduled to be in Winnebago County Court on Oct. 31. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison. Criminal sexual abuse is a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison.

    WIFR: Harlem Teacher Arrested for Sexual Abuse (Sept 25 2012)

    Investigators say there were five incidents of sexual abuse that took place between November 2008 and March 2009. They did not learn about the abuse until March of this year, which is when they started investigating. [Darcee] Baney was a star high school basketball player at Harlem. At the time of the alleged abuse, she was 23 and the victim was 17. Harlem's superintendent says Baney also coached 7th grade girls basketball at Harlem Middle School and the district never had any complaints from students about her in the classroom or on the court.
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    Harlem School District press release (Sept 25 2012):

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 25, 2012 - 4:55 p.m.)​
    Harlem School District Superintendent, Dr. Julie M. Morris hereby issues the following statement regarding today’s event and subsequent arrest of a Harlem School District current certified staff member, Mrs. Darcee Baney, as a result of her employment as Head Girls’ Basketball Coach for Belvidere School District during the 2008-2009 school year.
    Mrs. Darcee Baney has been employed with the Harlem School District as a Middle School Science teacher for five years. She also was employed as the Harlem Girls’ 7th Grade Basketball Coach during the 2010-2011 school year.
    Mrs. Baney was placed on administrative leave by the Harlem School District on September 5, 2012, immediately following contact by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office notifying the District of a pending investigation. The District is fully cooperating with the Rockford Police Department and the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office in order to facilitate a thorough investigation.
    This is an unfortunate situation, and I want to assure parents and students that our students and their safety remain the District’s number one priority.
    I encourage students to contact their principals or teachers if they have any further questions or concerns. Parents should not hesitate to contact the Superintendent at (815) 654-4588 to address any questions or concerns they may have.
    Julie M. Morris, Ed.D., Superintendent​
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    Rock River Times
    Former teacher, girls’ basketball coach sentenced for indecent solicitation of a child
    Jan. 17, 2014
    Online Staff Report

    Darcee Baney, 28 — the former seventh-grade Harlem Middle School science teacher and former Belvidere High School girls’ varsity basketball coach — has been sentenced to 30 months probation and 180 days in the Winnebago County Jail (176 days of which were stayed) for one count of indecent solicitation of a child.
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    Illinois State Police
    Illinois Sex Offender Information
    Darcee Nicole Baney is listed as a sex offender.
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    More information from the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registry.
    Victim was 17 years of age.
    Offender was 23 at the time of the offense.
    Crimes: Indecent solicitation of a child.

    County of Conviction: Winnebago.
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    Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
    State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB).
    January 10, 2014 Board Minutes.
    Announcements of Suspensions and Revocations.
    Pursuant to Section 21B-45 of the Illinois School Code, the State Superintendent of Education has revoked the following:
    Darcee N. Baney - Professional Educator License ID #1880159.
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    Darcee was employed by Harlem UD 122 as a teacher.
    The teacher union at that district is Harlem Federation of Teachers, Local 540, IFT/AFT, AFL-CIO.
    IFT = Illinois Federation of Teachers.
    AFT = American Federation of Teachers.
    AFL-CIO = American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations.
    Harlem Federation of Teachers Local 540 is the local union.
    IFT is the state affiliation.
    AFT is the national affiliation.
    AFL-CIO is federation / network of unions.

    Darcee was employed by Belvidere CUSD 100 as a coach.
    Coaches typically receive paid stipends which count as pensionable income.
    The teacher union at that district is Belvidere Education Association, IEA/NEA.
    IEA = Illinois Education Association.
    NEA = National Education Association.
    Belvidere Education Association is the local union.
    IEA is the state affiliate.
    NEA is the national affiliate.

    The AFT and NEA are the two big national teacher unions in the United States.
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    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) Board Minutes of January 10, 2014 states License ID 1880159 was revoked for Darcee Nicole Baney aka Darcee Nicole Schmidt.
    However, that License ID does not appear in the ISBE Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).
    Rather, License ID # 2228999 with an application date of 7/1/2013 for a License Conversion for a Paraprofessional Educator License that shows Deficient (not revoked) appears in the ISBE ELIS under Darcee's name.
    Darcee was a 7th grade Science teacher which requires more than a paraprofessional license.
    Shouldn't that Paraprofessional License ID # 2228999 also be revoked.
    Not deficient.
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    I've put the "Guilty!" prefix tag on this one -- thanks for the updates.
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    Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
    Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)
    Public Search
    Darcee N. Baney
    License ID # 2228999 (PEL) is deficient (not revoked).