Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune had an article titled “Johnsburg parents raised alarms about coach before his sex abuse conviction.” The article discusses the molestation of a boy by the Crete-Monee High School basketball coach, Mathew Ryndak, who was sentenced to four years’ probation and registered as a sex offender in Wonder Lake, Illinois after pleading guilty to molesting the boy in late 2010.
As stated in the Chicago Tribune story:
Before a Crete-Monee High School basketball coach pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of a teenage boy, he had shown a pattern of behavior elsewhere that disturbed some parents so much they went to police.
In far northwest suburban Johnsburg, at least three families reported that the coach texted and called student-athletes at all hours, asked them inappropriate questions and tried to control their actions off the court, police records show. And before that, a Norridge couple moved their son to a private school to escape the obsessive attention of the coach, the mother said.
As controversy rages nationally over schools’ handling of abuse allegations, some parents who dealt with Ryndak question whether community leaders were more concerned about the career of a successful coach than the safety of children.
The article discusses various aspects of Ryndak’s hiring, and whether it was appropriate, given his background and past experiences at other schools.
An article on Forbes.com of December 29 titled “Why It’s So Hard to Rid Youth Sports of Child Sex Abusers” comments on the aforementioned Chicago Tribune story; in which it says:
Lisa Black of the Chicago Tribune did some great reporting in a must-read piece centering on former high school basketball coach Matthew Ryndak…