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Gurnee school bus driver charged with sex assault of minor

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Kristin Miks, 32, of the 33000 Block of Sunset Ave., Wildwood, was arrested May 13 and charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kristin Miks, 32, of the 33000 Block of Sunset Ave., Wildwood, was arrested May 13 and charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 32-year-old bus driver for a far north suburban school district has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor, though the victim was not a student who rode her bus, according to police.

Kristin Miks, a school bus driver for Gurnee-based Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 for five years, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to the Lake County Sheriff's office.

The victim was a girl who was under 17 at the time of the offenses, and was not associated with School District 50 or Miks' employment as a school bus driver, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim's mother found messages from Miks referring to the encounters and reported it to police.

Miks, of the 33000 block of Sunset Avenue in Wildwood, was ordered held on a $150,000 bond, and released after posting $15,000 bail, according to police. She is scheduled to next appear in court on June 12 in Waukegan.

"The Board of Education and its administration of Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 were notified in April that (Miks) was under investigation for criminal charges," a statement from the school district said.

"(She) was placed on immediate suspension pending the outcome of the investigation. On May 14 Woodland Community Consolidated School District was notified by the Lake County Sheriff's Office that Ms. Miks was being charged...

"The Board of Education is taking appropriate action with regard to the staff member. Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 will continue to work cooperatively with the Lake County Sheriff's office regarding the charges," the statement said.

Miks was already out on a $5,000 bond when she was arrested, according to court records and Lake County Animal Care and Control Program Coordinator Robin Van Sickle.

Cruelty to animals charges are pending against her for allegedly mistreating three dogs in her care.

On Feb. 25, an officer went to Miks' Wildwood address, responding to an anonymous complaint. Milks allowed the officer to check on the dogs, and three were allegedly found to extremely malnourished.

"They were very much emaciated. They appeared to be in severe neglect it looked like they hadn't eaten in quite a long time," Van Sickle said.

Miks was provided with an opportunity to take her dogs to an animal hospital, as is standard procedure, Van Sickle said. She took them for treatment and they were immediately hospitalized. One male dog, a mastiff named Mufassa, needed his tail amputated due to an untreated infection.

Miks voluntarily relinquished custody of the dogs and all three have been placed in new homes, according to Van Sickle.

He noted that Miks was cooperative with animal control, but did not provide an explanation for why she allegedly neglected the dogs. Miks is due for trial June 10 on that charge.

Miks was previously sentenced to six months of supervision for disorderly conduct in 2011, according to court records.

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