Article Concerning Crete, Illinois High School Coach And Sex Abuse Conviction

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 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…


2 Women Sexually Assaulted During Robbery On Chicago’s West Side

On Tuesday night, December 27, two women were sexually assaulted during a robbery on Chicago’s West Side.

Details on the robbery and assault are limited at this time.

The incident occurred just before 8:00 p.m. at a Garfield Park neighborhood store, in the 4000 block of West Madison Street.  A man is said to have entered the store displaying a handgun; he then ordered three people to a back room, at which point he forced two women to perform sex acts.  After these sexual assaults, he then robbed the store and fled.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a various news sources, including the CBS Chicago story of December 29 titled “2 Women Sexually Assaulted During West Side Robbery.”

Former Winnebago Illinois High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

A former teacher at Winnebago High School in Winnebago, Illlinois has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old female student on August 15.

The former teacher, Thomas E. Odon, 24, had taught for one year at the school.  The position was his first job.  He was placed on leave days into his second year at the school.

He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault, and four counts of aggravated sex abuse.

Odon was arrested in his hometown of Arlington Heights Wednesday.

According to a December 22 article in the Rockford Register Star, titled “Former Winnebago teacher charged with sexual assault” :

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony with a sentencing range of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, nonprobationable, followed by three years of mandatory supervised release.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of three to seven years in prison followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in the above-mentioned Rockford Register Star article.

Survey Findings On U.S. Rape And Domestic Violence

On December 14, The New York Times had an article titled “Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Report Sexual Assault.”

The article discusses various findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey that was conducted by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Various aspects of the survey are noteworthy.

A couple of excerpts from the article:

Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and one in four reported having been beaten by an intimate partner. One in six women have been stalked, according to the report.


The researchers defined rape as completed forced penetration, forced penetration facilitated by drugs or alcohol, or attempted forced penetration.

By that definition, 1 percent of women surveyed reported being raped in the previous year, a figure that suggests that 1.3 million American women annually may be victims of rape or attempted rape.

That figure is significantly higher than previous estimates. The Department of Justice estimated that 188,380 Americans were victims of sexual violence last year. Only 84,767 assaults defined as forcible rapes were reported in 2010, according to national statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sexual Assault Of 13-Year-Old Girl On Chicago’s West Side

Chicago Police issued an alert concerning the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl yesterday on Chicago’s West Side.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. yesterday (December 15) a man got out of his van and touched, in an inappropriate fashion, a 13-year old girl on the 4800 block of West Jackson Boulevard.

He exited a black and green van and approached the girl from behind; he apparently tried to talk with her, but then grabbed her jacked by its hood; when she turned to face him, he touched her.  She then bit the man on the hand and was able to run home.

The offending male is described as 20 to 30 years in age; there was also another person in the van.

Police put forth the following description of the assailant:  a black male with twisted black hair, brown eyes and a beard; who was last seen wearing a black jacket and black sweat pants, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Grand Central Area detectives at (312) 746-8282.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in various media sources including the December 16 Chicago Tribune story titled “Police warn of sexual assault on West Side.”