District 155 has issued the following statement about PE and health teacher Matt Fralick’s arrest by the McHenry Police Department:
District 155 was notified that a Crystal Lake Central faculty member, Matt Fralick, was arrested by the McHenry Police Department.
At this time, the arrest centers on alleged conduct outside of school and does not involve District 155 students or staff members.
We have no reason to suspect that any student or staff member in the district has been in any danger at any time.
He has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
We continue to cooperate fully with the McHenry Police Department.
As with any personnel matter, the district’s investigation will be handled confidentially.
Please refer to the McHenry Police Department for further information.
It turns out that the man arrested for grooming was a former football coach at Crystal Lake Central High School.School. He resigned last November after coaching for five years.
A press release from the McHenry Police Department:
McHENRY POLICE ARREST ADULT MALE IN CONNECTION WITH SEX CRIME
John Birk, Chief of Police of the McHenry Police Department, announced today the arrest of an adult male in connection with a criminal investigation involving a sex crime.
MATT R. FRALICK, (DOB: 07/23/1970) age 48, of 1330 Cunat Court, Apt. 1C, Lake in the Hills, Illinois, was arrested at the McHenry Police Department on February 1st, 2019 without incident.
The arrest was the result of an investigation into an allegation that on or about April 15th, 2018, Fralick used an online service to attempt to have a juvenile under the age of 17 perform a sexual act.
Throughout the course of the investigation, Detectives interviewed the victim, corroborating witnesses and collected evidence.
On February 1st, 2019, after a review of all evidence and statements collected thus far, a felony charge for Grooming was approved by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and a Warrant of Arrest was issued.
Fralick turned himself in at the McHenry Police Department, was processed through the booking procedure, posted the required bond and released pending his court appearance date of February 15th, 2019 at 9:00 AM.
Matthew R. Fralick was charged with
- 1 Count of GROOMING (Class 4 Felony)
Because the incident was reported as having occurred within the city of McHenry, this investigation was conducted by the McHenry Police Department.
The investigation is ongoing, therefore the police department cannot release any additional information at this time.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599.
Those wishing to pass along anonymous information are encouraged to call the McHenry Police Tip Line at 815-363-2124. All calls made to the tip line are anonymous as Caller ID is not used.