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Teacher persuades boys to record sex videos of themselves and them to him

By Mason White 7:41 PM January 11, 2017
John C. Vastis
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A teacher has harmed young children by persuading them to record themselves doing sexual acts and send him the videos, according to police in Illinois.

Now, the former middle school teacher was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for accessing child pornography, involving a prepubescent minor and encouraging minors to produce sexually explicit images of themselves.

54-year-old John C. Vastis began communicating online with one of the victims several years ago. From the outset, the chats were sexually charged.

For nearly a year, Vastis encouraged the victim to record sexually explicit photos and videos of himself and transmit the images over the Internet to him.

Several of the images depicted the victim’s private areas.

Vastis also admitted in a plea agreement that he watched child pornography, involving another victim and possessed images of a prepubescent boy performing a sex act on an adult male.

Vastis of Lakemoor, pleaded guilty to one count of accessing child pornography with the intent to view. Vastis previously worked as a teacher at the Meridian Middle School in Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 in Buffalo Grove.

The school district cooperated with the investigation, and there were no allegations of sexual exploitation of Vastis’ students.