Former Eisenhower Band Director Arraigned On Alleged Sex Crimes

He faces felony charges for behavior involving students

WWJ News
December 12, 2019 - 4:29 pm
Christopher Traskal

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ) -- The former band director at Eisenhower High School in Macomb County has been arraigned in one of two different cases pertaining to sexually inappropriate interactions with students, one of which allegedly ended with the sexual assault of a girl he befriended in middle school. 

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Christopher Traskal was arraigned Thursday afternoon in the 41-A Shelby Township District Court and given a $50,000 bond on a two-count felony warrant for child sexually abusive activity and communicating with another to commit a crime.

Traskal is also scheduled for an arraignment on a second warrant Friday in the 41-A Sterling Heights District Court on two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct.

Police and prosecutors allege in the first case Traskal sent emails over the course of a few months to a student he was teaching at the time. Over time, the emails escalated to an "inappropriate and sexual nature."  

In the second case, brought forward by a former student, it is alleged that Traskal befriended a child in middle school, and then befriended her mother.  He manipulated a relationship with the parent so he was able to spend more time with the victim, police said. He began engaging in inappropriate interactions with the victim while she was a high school student, taking her to his home and trying to provide her with alcohol. The interactions escalated to the point of the suspect bringing the victim to an event and sexually assaulting her in 2011.  

 “As parents, we place our utmost trust in the educators that spend countless hours with our children. This suspect took advantage of his position and exploited the innocence of these children. He broke the trust of not only these families, but others in the school and district. His deplorable actions cast a negative light on the profession as a whole.”  

Smith continued, “We commend these individuals for coming forward. It is not always easy to discuss these matters, but we greatly appreciate them bringing this disgraceful behavior by the suspect to light.” 

According to Utica Public Schools, Traskal, 42, had worked for the school district for 18 years, including his most position as band teacher at Eisenhower High School. He resigned when allegations surfaced in October.