Crete Schools Superintendent Speaks on Alleged Sex Offender Incident

By: Kim Eiten Email
By: Kim Eiten Email

"I don't want to make excuses for some poor judgment that was made because I think we all must first look out for individual students and students as a whole." - Superintendent Kyle McGowan

More than a week after an accused sex offender was invited on a school field trip, the Crete Public Schools Superintendent finally is speaking out.

Superintendent Kyle McGowan is confident he resolved the situation. But, the victim's family said it's not over yet.

"I don't want to make excuses for some poor judgment that was made because I think we all must first look out for individual students and students as a whole," McGowan said.

The explanation came the week after an accused sex offender chaperoned a field trip.

That man, 52-year-old Chad Eggebraaten is court ordered not to be around anyone younger than 15 years old, especially the Crete High School student he's accused of sexually assaulting.

"I don't think there's a need for a person who has a charge of first degree sexual assault to be in our school," McGowan said. "I think that was not a good choice, wasn't needed."

The alleged victim's parents said it comes down to the man in charge: Principal Tim Conway.

"He needs to be contrite and apologetic," the girl's mother said. "He needs to talk to his staff in a way that helps them see, 'hey as a leader I made a really bad choice.'"

While the district ended its investigation, the girl's parents want more. They're in the process of filing a formal complaint with the state Board of Education.

"I was a little worried that it would just be a slap on the wrist and it's never talked about again," the alleged victim's mother said. "I didn't want that to happen."

What the family wants is for it never to happen again.

"It's just reflective of someone who is trying to put themselves in the presence of children and you have to wonder what's the healthy outcome of that," the girl's mother said.

"It is something I don't want to make excuses about because I think that it could have been handled better, but now everything that has been done at least on our part as a school, has taken place," McGowan said.

After numerous calls, Eggebraaten and his attorney both decided not to comment.


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