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Bill Jones, Editor
10:39 am CST December 12, 2019

An educational support staff member at Sandburg High School has been arrested after he allegedly sent “progressively inappropriate text messages” to a juvenile, though the incident is not related to a student at the high school.

Eric D. Kruger, 34, of 6433 W. 157th St. in Oak Forest, was charged with unlawful grooming, a Class 4 felony, according to a press release issued Thursday, Dec. 12, by the Orland Park Police Department.

Police said they received a report on Dec. 9 of a juvenile having “inappropriate contact” with an adult. Police learned Kruger allegedly sent “progressively inappropriate text messages to the victim over a several month period,” according to the press release.

The juvenile is not a student at the high school, and “there is no indication that the crimes are affiliated with his current employment,” according to the press release.

Kruger was arrested Dec. 11 at his home, without incident, police said. He is to appear the afternoon of Dec. 12 for a bond hearing at the Cook County Courthouse for the Fifth Municipal District in Bridgeview.

Consolidated High School District 230 spokesperson Carla Erdey told The Orland Park Prairie by email that Sandburg was informed by police that Kruger was to appear in court Dec. 12, and reiterated that the case does not involve a student of the district. She added that Kruger has been placed on administrative leave.

“As this is a police matter, the district is referring inquiries to the Orland Park Police Department,” she added.

Orland Park Police said because of the sensitive nature of the case and in the interest of protecting the victim’s identity, no further information about the alleged incident is to be released.