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School board president charged with home invasion, sex crimes

School board president charged with home invasion, CSC

OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A local school board president is out of jail on bond after being charged last week with home invasion and criminal sexual conduct.

Vanderbilt Area School Board President Bernard Matelski has been accused of breaking into a woman's home in Vanderbilt and sexually assaulting her.

Matelski, 68, turned himself in last month. He is still the acting president of the school board.

He's been a school board member for 23 years.

The school's superintendent says the charges are not related to the school, and that Matelski maintains his innocence.

“Just because he is charged does not mean he is required to resign from the board, but I know it is something he is considering, because not only does he care about the school greatly, but he cares about the community," said Superintendent Rick Heitmeyer. "He’s been very involved in a lot of facets of Vanderbilt's world more many years, so he doesn’t want his issues to affect everybody else.”

Matelski has been charged with one count of first degree home invasion, and two counts of third degree criminal sexual misconduct, all for the same incident.

The next Vanderbilt school board meeting is Wednesday, February 14. But the school says it is possible Matelski could resign before then.

Right now, it's not clear what Matelski's relationship to the alleged victim is.

Matelski also serves as deputy clerk for Corwith Township in Otsego County.

He will be back in court on February 22.


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