Former area teacher gets 18 months
KENTLAND, Ind. — A former Kankakee County teacher and high school coach was sentenced to 18 months in Indiana prison after he pleaded guilty to criminal confinement of juvenile female for an incident that occurred in Newton County in 2016.
Matthew J. Kole was arrested by Newton County sheriff’s police in January of this year.
At the time of the incident, the 27-year-old Kole was teaching at Kankakee Area Special Cooperative while coaching track at Momence High School.
Kole resigned his teaching position and was fired as a coach by Momence officials. Kole also resigned as boys soccer coach at Grant Park High School.
Newton County Prosecutor Jeffrey Drinski said six months of Kole’s 18-month sentenced was suspended.
After his release, Kole must wear a GPS tracking device for 12 months, as well as serve six months on sex offender probation.
Kole will not have to register as a sex offender.
Kole originally was charged with felony sexual battery, rape and criminal confinement of a 16-year-old female juvenile, who was a student at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
Drinski said the victim was at the sentencing on Dec. 11.
If he had been convicted of all three charges, Kole could have been sentenced between three and 16 years, Drinski said.
Kole was first arrested on similar charges in April 2016 in Bradley when the victim’s mother contacted Bradley police after the girl told her.
The victim told her mother she met Kole on Facebook at that he forced her to have sex in January 2016.
There were reportedly two incidents that occurred, one in Bradley and another in Newton County where Kole’s parents own a house.
The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s office never charged the case, asking for more evidence.
That evidence came back in December 2016 and Newton County Sheriff’s police made the arrest.