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Crete-Monee coach charged with sexual abuse

Crime, Law and JusticeSocial IssuesCrimeAbusive BehaviorJustice SystemSexual Assault

Crete-Monee High School boys basketball coach Matthew Ryndak, accused of molesting a male student four times, turned himself in to police Wednesday on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Will County State's Attorney spokesman Charles Pelkie said the eight-count charge alleges Ryndak, 30, inappropriately touched the boy in September, October, November and December 2010.

Half of the counts are based on Illinois law covering instances where the accused is in a position of trust, authority or supervision and the victim is 13 to 18 years old. The other four counts are based on Illinois law covering sexual penetration or sexual contact with a victim 13 to 16 when the accused is at least five years older.

Pelkie and investigators said the charge alleges only sexual contact, and that no sexual penetration took place.

Ryndak is free on bail.  

Investigators met May 12 with the Will County prosecutors, who approved the eight-count charge Tuesday. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony carrying a possible sentence of three to seven years.

Ryndak, who also teaches physical education, led the Warriors to a 25-4 record in his first year as head coach. He has worked at Crete-Monee High School since 2009.

School officials placed him on paid administrative leave in early May while Crete police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated the allegations.

 

 

 

 

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