Bradley police are investigating an alleged sexual relationship between a teen girl and a former assistant track coach from Momence High School and teacher at the area special ed co-op.

On Tuesday, Bradley police arrested Matthew J. Kole, 26. He was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 17, and grooming. But Kankakee County State's Attorney's office is asking police to investigate further, and hasn't yet pursued those charges.

"We are following up on some items," Lt. Michael Johnston said. "It is too early to say when an arrest will be made."

According to investigators, police are looking into two "sexual incidents" — one in Bradley and another at a house Kole's parents own in Indiana.

Johnston said investigators are working with authorities in Indiana, but he declined to say where in Indiana the other "sexual incident" occurred.

For the last two years, Kole taught adaptive physical education for the Kankakee Area Special Education Cooperative.

KASEC's board president, Scott Goselin, said Kole resigned Thursday. Goselin is superintendent of the Bradley Elementary district.

Kole also resigned as the varsity boys soccer coach at Grant Park High School on Thursday. He took over as head coach last fall after serving as an assistant coach for a few seasons.

Grant Park Superintendent John Palan said the girl does not attend Grant Park schools and he has not been interviewed by police.

Momence school officials fired Kole, according to a statement sent to district parents by Superintendent Gary R. Miller on Thursday.

The girl does not attend Momence, Johnston said.

According to a report, the girl's mother contacted police on April 21 after the girl told her "she had a sexual encounter with a subject named 'Matt.'"

She said they met on Facebook and Kole allegedly took the girl, whose exact age was not released, to Indiana. She said Kole knew her age and told her he was a 25-year-old coach.

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