CROWN POINT — An attorney for a retired St. John police commander accused of sexual battery and ghost payrolling said Wednesday he's been in discussions with prosecutors but asked for yet another continuance.
Former police Cmdr. Michael Fryzel, 56, was charged in Lake Criminal Court in May 2016 with three felony counts of sexual battery, five felony counts of official misconduct, felony theft, misdemeanor theft and three misdemeanor counts of battery.
Defense attorney Steven Mullins asked Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray for "one final reset" to allow civil litigation against Fryzel to play out. If a resolution is not reached in the criminal case at that time, attorneys will ask that the case be set for trial.
Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Randall did not object to the continuance and said his office still needs to reach out to victims.
Murray set Fryzel's next hearing for Aug. 28.
Three women sued Fryzel and other former town police officials in federal court in 2015, alleging Fryzel and others sexually harassed them or failed to prevent the alleged abuse while the women were working at the St. John Police Department.
Fryzel resigned in March 2015, days before the sexual harassment allegations became public.
The town has settled two of the women's civil lawsuits — one for $150,000 and another for an undisclosed amount.
Attorneys for Fryzel filed a motion for summary judgment in the third woman's lawsuit May 10. The woman's attorney filed a response June 10. A federal judge has not yet issued a decision.