A Crystal Lake Central High School teacher and former coach made his first court appearance Friday in connection with a felony grooming charge filed against him earlier this month.
Matthew R. Fralick, 48, of the 1300 block of Cunat Court, Lake in the Hills, declined to comment on his case Friday morning.
After his brief appearance at the McHenry County courthouse, Fralick refused to answer questions about the police investigation that led to the charge and how long he has been on paid leave.
Community High School District 155 told the Northwest Herald on Feb. 4 that Fralick was placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation. District officials would not say how long Fralick has been on leave or when they learned about the investigation into claims that Fralick had inappropriate communication with an underage girl in an online chatroom.
Fralick is accused of using a chatroom website in April to encourage a girl between 13 and 16 years old to engage in sexual behavior, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.
From 2010 to 2014, Fralick worked as the head football coach at Crystal Lake Central. He also formerly acted as the assistant coach for the football, girl basketball and boys golf teams.
The driver’s education and health teacher was making $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.