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Arrested District 155 teacher is put on administrative leave

District officials sent statement to Crystal Lake Central parents Friday night

Matt R. Fralick, 48, of the 1300 block of Cunat Court in Lake in the Hills, turned himself in Friday at the McHenry Police Department without incident, according to a press release sent Friday night.
Matt R. Fralick, 48, of the 1300 block of Cunat Court in Lake in the Hills, turned himself in Friday at the McHenry Police Department without incident, according to a press release sent Friday night.

A Crystal Lake Central teacher charged with grooming a juvenile younger than 17 to perform a sexual act has been placed on administrative leave, school officials said.

Community High School District 155 sent a statement to school staff and parents Friday night, notifying them about the arrest of 48-year-old Matt R. Fralick, a former football and girls basketball coach listed on the district website as a driver’s education instructor.

“At this time, the arrest centers on alleged conduct outside of school and does not involve District 155 students or staff members,” District 155 communications director Shannon Podzimek said. “We have no reason to suspect that any student or staff member in the district has been in any danger at any time.”

After an investigation into an allegation that he used an online service in April to attempt to have a juvenile younger than 17 perform a sexual act, Fralick turned himself in Friday at the McHenry Police Department.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, Podzimek said.

District officials would not comment on when they learned about the police investigation or when Fralick went on administrative leave. The Northwest Herald asked officials what classes Fralick taught, but officials would not provide any details about his teaching background.

“We continue to cooperate fully with the McHenry Police Department,” Podzimek said. “As with any personnel matter, the district’s investigation will be handled confidentially. Please refer to the McHenry Police Department for further information.”

During the investigation, detectives interviewed the victim, corroborated witness accounts and collected evidence, according to a press release police sent Friday night.

On Friday, after a review of all evidence and statements collected, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a felony charge for grooming, and an arrest warrant was issued.

After being processed, Fralick posted bond and was released pending his court appearance. He is due in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 15.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Fralick, of the 1300 block of Cunat Court in Lake in the Hills, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Fralick was head football coach at Crystal Lake Central from 2010 to 2014. He also coached for one season at Alden-Hebron, in 2000. Before he was head coach, Fralick was an assistant football coach at Central.

Fralick resigned as an assistant girls basketball coach after the 2017-18 season. He also resigned as an assistant boys golf coach in February 2018, according to district meeting minutes.

Fralick was earning $102,026 in base salary with $4,807 in retirement enhancements and $15,350 in other benefits with the district, according to the district’s salary and benefits report, dated Aug. 22.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call the Criminal Investigation Division of the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the McHenry Police Tip Line at 815-363-2124.

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