The following is a press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
On October 14th, 2010, at approximately 4:00 p.m., former Crystal Lake South High School
Athletic Director and Varsity Football Coach James K. Stuglis (41), was arrested on 10 counts of felony theft and 3 counts of felony computer fraud.
These charges stemmed from a 6 month investigation by
- the Crystal Lake Police Department,
- the Illinois State Police and
- the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office
in cooperation with school officials from the Community High School District 155.
Crystal Lake Police were first notified by District 155 officials on March 24th, 2010, concerning
an initial allegation of theft of Crystal Lake South High School funds when a large sum of money was found secreted within Stuglis’ office.
As the investigation unfolded the evidence indicated that Stuglis had misappropriated thousands of dollars over several years, which included money collected from a vending machine and a fundraising program that were never accounted for or reported to District 155 officials.
The investigation also revealed that Stuglis withheld money from various athletic playoff games by reporting a lower number of actual spectators in attendance than actually were present. The lower attendance numbers were then reported to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) by electronically filing them via the internet.
Stuglis is alleged to have then exercised unauthorized control over the cash proceeds from ticket sales that were under reported to the IHSA.
James Stuglis resigned from his position as Athletic Director and Head Varsity Football Coach of Crystal Lake South High School in June, 2010. Stuglis, formerly of Crystal Lake, now resides at 21394 Brown Drive, Frankfort, Illinois.
Stuglis surrendered himself voluntarily to police with his attorney, was processed and released from custody after posting 10% of a $40,000 bond. James Stuglis court date is scheduled for October 27, 2010 at 9 AM at the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock, IL.
Attached hereto is a copy of the Bill of Indictment regarding this investigation and the subsequent arrest regarding James Stuglis.
Further, it is acknowledged that any person charged with a criminal offense is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.