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Man accused of stalking at Streamwood elementary

Peter A. Surges East Pine Street Streamwood was charged Friday with two counts stalking student Oakhill Elementary School Streamwood police

Peter A. Surges, of East Pine Street in Streamwood, was charged Friday with two counts of stalking a student at Oakhill Elementary School, Streamwood police announced.

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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:35AM

STREAMWOOD — A 53-year-old substitute lunch and recess supervisor was charged Friday with stalking after reportedly initiating “inappropriate communications” with a 9-year-old he was acquainted with at Oakhill Elementary School.

Peter A. Surges, of East Pine Street in Streamwood, was charged Friday with two counts of stalking, police said. Police declined to say whether the incident or incidents allegedly occurred at the school or elsewhere.

Surges has worked as a substitute “noon-hour supervisor” for Elgin School District U46 since March 2010, U46 spokesman Patrick Mogge said. He helped supervise students for about two hours at lunch and recess at nine different schools in the district, some for as little as one day, Mogge said.

Noon-hour supervisors typically work on teams of three or four, Mogge said. “There’s little to no one-on-one time between students and noon-hour supervisors,” he said.

U46 officials had been contacted by Streamwood police Wednesday morning, he said. Police then arrested Surges on Wednesday at the school, he said.

Since then, Mogge said, “We have been cooperating fully in participating with police the past few days.”

A police press release Friday said the man had been arrested that day. Police declined to comment further.

The Streamwood man appeared in bond court Friday, where his bail on the charges was set at $300,000, according to police.

Streamwood police said the department, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Elgin School District U46 all continue to investigate the alleged inappropriate conduct “to ensure the health, safety and well-being of both the community and our students.”

The police department urged anyone with information or concerns to contact its investigations division at 630-736-3700. Anonymous information also can be left on the department’s crime tip line at 630-736-3719.

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