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Kewaskum Police liaison officer facing sex assault charges following alleged contact with female student

April 7, 2024 – Kewaskum, Wi – The Kewaskum School District in cooperation with Kewaskum Police Department are releasing details regarding an arrest of a police liaison officer for allegedly having inappropriate relations with a female student from Kewaskum High School. The letter from superintendent Mark Bazata is below.

Kewaskum School District

Wendy Wendorf

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Dear Kewaskum Families,

On Friday afternoon, April 5, we received a call from a parent with concerns about our School Resource Officer. We immediately contacted the Kewaskum Police Department, who then requested the West Bend Police Department to conduct an independent investigation.

 

The investigation revealed inappropriate conduct toward an 18-year-old female student. He was arrested and is in custody at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held on charges of Sex Assault by School Staff – 948.095(2) and Misconduct in Public Office – 946.12(2). In addition, the Officer will be restricted from all Kewaskum School District properties.

We are in full cooperation with the Kewaskum and West Bend Police Departments as they continue this investigation. At this time, law enforcement has no evidence to suggest that the Officer had any inappropriate communication or behaviors with other Kewaskum students.

 

Our staff will be vigilant in observing and listening to students should they need an adult to speak with about this issue. In the event a student seeks to speak to someone here at school, faculty and staff will direct them to our school counselors and administration.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the West Bend Police Department at 262-335-5000.

Student safety is a top priority, and we will continue to work together to ensure that the Kewaskum School District will be an exceptional place to learn for our students.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mark Bazata
District Administrator
Kewaskum School District

 

Village of Kewaskum, WI – A 34-year-old Kewaskum Police Officer has been arrested for his alleged involvement regarding inappropriate conduct toward an 18-year-old female student while the officer was assigned as the School Resource Officer.
The female’s parents reported this concern on Friday, April 5, 2024. After being notified, Police Chief Thomas Bishop immediately initiated an internal investigation. To maintain transparency and impartiality, the Chief requested the West Bend Police Department conduct the independent investigation based upon mutual assistance.
The initial investigation revealed inappropriate conduct towards the female student. The officer was arrested the evening of Friday, April 5, 2024, and remains in custody at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held on felony charges of Sex Assault by School Staff – 948.095(2) and Misconduct in Public Office – 946.12(2).
Police Chief Thomas Bishop said of the incident, “We hold our officers to the highest moral and ethical standards. To say these allegations are a shock would be an understatement. As a parent and your police chief I am saddened and angered. This officer betrayed the trust of the Kewaskum Police Department, the Kewaskum School District, and most importantly, the community our officers take an oath to serve with professionalism, integrity and respect.”
The officer will be placed on administrative leave pending the completion of a formal employment discipline process upon his release from jail. At this time there is no evidence to suspect there are any other victims.
In an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further details about the case will be released at this time.
Media Contact:
Chief Thomas Bishop
262-626-2323

This is a working story and more information will be posted when details are available.

 

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