Board accepts resignation of teacher accused of sexual assault of a student

Mauston school board to discuss arrest of teacher
Board accepts resignation of teacher accused of sexual assault of a student
Juneau County Sheriff's Department

The Mauston School Board accepted the resignation Monday night of a teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

The special board meeting Monday night met to officially consider the resignation of social studies teacher 25-year-old Stewart Thompson.

“An active law enforcement investigation is occurring and the school district is fully cooperating with that investigation,” the statement said. “The school district will provide more information as it is made available by law enforcement and permitted by the public records law.”

A statement released Monday said the district was informed Wednesday about the law enforcement investigation. On the same day, Thompson submitted his resignation.

Officials with the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office said they received an anonymous complaint of a possible inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher at Mauston High School.

The allegations were that the relationship was occurring off school grounds, according to a release.

Thompson was arrested Thursday on a tentative charge of sexual assault of a child by a school staff person.

Thompson’s name had been removed from the district’s online staff directory Friday night. He was with the district for two years, according to the superintendent.

Juneau County Jail officials tell News 3 Thompson was in court Friday and has since been released on a $50,000 signature bond.

District officials said they are cooperating with the investigation and have held off on their own investigation at the request of law enforcement.