Ashburn Elementary School coach, Idris L. Bridgeforth who resided on the 14500 block of South Parnell Avenue in Riverdale, was arrested and charged on June 7 with felony indecent solicitation and criminal s****l assault towards a 14-year-old girl. Prosecutors reported that Bridgeforth had been driving the teen to and from sporting events and practices. The teen claimed he fondled the girl’s b*****s and touched her under her pants. Text messages had also been exchanged in a ‘s****l nature’ between the 14-year-old and Bridgeforth for the last two months.
The mother of the 14-year-old has now filed suit against Bridgeforth for $400,000 including reimbursement for the girl’s medical bills. In the suit that includes eight counts against Bridgeforth, it states the rides in his private car to and from sports events were a violation of the Chicago Public Schools and Ashburn Elementary policies. She is also claiming battery, infliction of emotional distress, willful and wanton conduct against Bridgeforth and CPS as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bridgeforth has admitted to having inappropriate contact and s****l conduct with the victim and his family is in shock over the news. They stated he is a ‘god-fearing man’ and that he has two 15-year-old daughters of his own.
Bridgeforth is currently being held on a $250,000 bond and is set to appear in court on June 28th. If he does post bond, he’s not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18. He’s also not allowed to have access to the internet, computers, cell phones or tablets.