Former coach gets probation in child molesting case

Published: 8/31/2010 2:21 PM | Updated: 8/31/2010 4:33 PM

A former coach at a St. Charles cheerleading school charged with having sex with a student was placed on three years probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge.

Christopher Frum, 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery during a hearing before Lake County Circuit Judge James Booras.

Assistant State's Attorney Bolling Haxall said he agreed to reduce the charge against Frum because the victim in the case was refusing to cooperate with the prosecution and because Frum had assisted law enforcement after his arrest.

Frum, who lived in Deer Park at the time, was arrested in May 2007 and charged with having sex with a 16-year-old girl he coached at Cheer Alliance in St. Charles.

He became friendly with the girl during a trip to a cheerleading camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in early 2007 and the two developed a relationship shortly thereafter.

Police said at the time that Frum had sex with the girl on at least three occasions between March and May of that year at Frum's house in Deer Park.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the girl's parents discovered e-mail messages the two had exchanged and went to police.

Haxall called the now-20-year-old victim to testify Tuesday and she said she did not support the decision to charge Frum with criminal sexual assault, had refused to meet with prosecutors to discuss the case and was in favor of the disposition presented to Booras.

Before entry of the plea, Booras was briefed behind closed doors outside of the courtroom on an 18-month federal investigation in which Frum had assisted investigators.

Haxall declined to comment on the federal investigation after the hearing.

Frum's attorney, Douglas Zeit of Waukegan told Booras his client had entered sex offender counseling and had been rated "highly unlikely to re-offend" in an evaluation.

Frum, who now lives in Las Vegas, Nev., was ordered by Booras to have no unsupervised contact with minors while he is on probation.