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School bus driver denies child sex abuse charges

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Kristin Miks, 32 Kristin Miks, 32
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The school bus driver accused of sexually abusing a teenager denied all charges at her arraignment Wednesday, June 26.

Kristin Miks, 32, of Wildwood, is charged with criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child for allegedly committing multiple acts against a 15-year-old girl. None of the alleged acts involved Woodland School District children nor occurred on the bus Miks drove, district officials said.

Miks pleaded not guilty to all charges at her arraignment through her attorney John Murphy.

If convicted, Miks faces four to 15 years in prison for the criminal sexual assault charge, three to seven years in prison for the aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge and two to five years in prison for the solicitation charge, Judge Christopher Stride said.

Miks also faces fines up to $25,000 per charge and would have to register as a sex offender for 10 years to life if convicted, Stride said.

Miks is free from custody on $150,000 bond. Murphy asked Stride to modify Miks bond to allow her to have supervised visits with her five children.

"The defendant is to have no contact with any other children," Assistant State's Attorney Jason Grindel said.

Stride said he pretrial bond services had to approve the supervised visits.

Miks is due for trial Sept. 16 and is due back in court July 23.

Miks was arrested after the victim's mother found messages from Miks referring to their encounters and reported it to police, officials said. Miks was arrested in March.

Misdemeanor cruelty to animal charges are also still pending against Miks.

She is accused of mistreating three Mastiffs in her care. The dogs were malnourished and one needed his tail amputated due to an untreated infection, according to Lake County Animal Care and Control.

Miks relinquished custody of the dogs, all of whom have been placed in new homes, according to Lake County Animal Care and Control.

Miks, a school bus driver for Woodland School District 50, was suspended after the district was notified of the criminal investigation.

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