A 25-year-old Spencer man who has been charged with five felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff is scheduled to appear in court on May 22 for a preliminary hearing. The man, who was employed as an Abbotsford math teacher until his resignation in January, is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting two 17-year-old students during the last few months of 2013.
According to court documents, the charges stemmed from a series of incidents that allegedly started in October. Authorities say the teacher sexually assaulted one of the female students in his classroom while a weekend basketball tournament was being held at the school.
During the police interview, one of the female students, who they say is the victim in four of the alleged sexual assaults, allegedly stated to investigators that her sexual relationship with the teacher had begun during the fall.She reportedly said the relationship continued into December.
The second female student involved in the case reportedly told investigators a similar story, stating that she had initially kissed the teacher in November while they were together in his classroom. The relationship then allegedly turned to one of a more sexual nature.
The teacher resigned from his position with the high school just days prior to the charges being filed. He currently remains free on a $2,500 cash bond.
A sexual assault charge can have serious ramifications on a defendant’s professional and personal life. Such a charge should never be taken lightly. An experienced Wisconsin criminal attorney can assist defendants as they make their way through the criminal justice system.
Source: ABC 9 WAOW, “Preliminary hearing set in teacher sex case” Robert Imrie, Apr. 17, 2014