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Prairie Ridge High School PE teacher, basketball coach faces financial exploitation charges

CRYSTAL LAKE – Police said a Prairie Ridge High School basketball coach and physical education teacher is facing felony charges after he allegedly took more than $65,000 worth of assets from an elderly woman in the summer.

A tip from McHenry County Senior Services Associates Inc. set a Crystal Lake police investigation into motion, Deputy Chief Derek Hyrkas said in an email Thursday.

Rick Lima, 50, of the 700 block of Nashua Court, Crystal Lake, is accused of using more than $15,000 of assets belonging to a woman older than 70, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court. The complaint also stated that Lima took $50,000 from the same woman July 10.

He is charged with two counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person – an offense that typically is punishable by one to three years in prison. His relation to the woman and details surrounding his arrest were not available Thursday.

Lima, who has served as the varsity girls basketball coach at Prairie Ridge High School since January 2016, was arrested Tuesday after police obtained a warrant to search his home, Hyrkas said.

His bond was set at $75,000, but Lima posted bail at the Crystal Lake Police Department before he could be booked at the county jail.

Representatives from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, Community High School District 155 communications director Shannon Podzimek and Lima could not be reached for comment after 5 p.m. Thursday.

Lima was not appointed a public defender, and it is unclear whether he plans to hire a private attorney.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

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