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A former Kankakee County school teacher and high school track and field coach has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the rape and battery of an underage girl. Matthew J. Kole, 28, was teaching at Kankakee Area Special Cooperative and coaching track at Momence High School at the time of the incident, according to the Daily Journal.
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Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Matthew J. Kole, who served as a track coach at Momence High School and boys soccer coach at Grant Park High School? Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. You are not alone. We believe you.
Matthew J. Kole has been convicted of forcing a 16-year-old high school incident to have sex. It is currently unknown whether or not additional victims have yet to step forward. Civil legal action may be possible. Our experienced attorneys believe that you deserve justice. If you or a loved one were abused by Kole, you may be eligible to file a private civil lawsuit.
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Thanks to Illinois prosecutors, Matthew J. Kole has now been held accountable for his misconduct by the criminal justice system, but civil action may also be possible. Our attorneys have opened a full investigation into Kole's alleged misconduct and the potential role played by the schools at which he worked in the abuse.
Illinois Track Coach Convicted Of Sexual Misconduct
Matthew Kole was arrested in January 2017 by Newton County sheriff's police after authorities received a report from the victim's mother. In court documents, Kole was initially charged with felony sexual battery, rape and criminal confinement of a 16-year-old juvenile. If convicted on all three charges, he would have spent between 3 and 16 years in prison.
The victim told authorities that she had met Kole on Facebook and that the former teacher and coach forced her to have sex in January 2016. Police believe Kole abused the young girl on at least two occasions, once in Bradley and again in Newton County. The victim was reportedly a student at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
Ultimately, Kole pleaded guilty to the charge of criminal confinement. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The additional charges against him were dropped in exchange for his plea deal.