A former Lincoln-Way High School District 210 employee pleaded not guilty to criminal trespassing on school grounds.
Michael J. Angel, 43, was accused last month of walking on Lincoln-Way East High School with a youth baseball organization, in violation of an agreement he signed with administrators in February 2009 stating he was not allowed back on district property without the consent of the superintendent.
He was arrested last spring for a similar offense and pleaded guilty, but then failed to show to followup court hearings.
Public records show that a "Michael J. Angel" was employed at D210 as an accounting teacher until 2009, but district staff have repeatedly declined to discuss Angel's employment background.
In court, Angel told Associate Judge Marzell Richardson that he would be representing himself in this latest matter. He said he planned to bring paperwork to his next hearing, on March 16, showing that his contract to coach the Lincoln-Way Blue Demons Baseball gave him authority to come on D210 grounds.
Outside of the courtroom, he disagreed with the charges against him but declined an opportunity to tell his side of the story.