Ex-school official charged in sex abuse case

Ex-school official charged in sex abuse case

A former Catholic school administrator from western Wisconsin has been charged with enticing a teenager for sex.

Court documents allege 59-year-old Steven Smolek told police he chatted online with a 16-year-old boy and met him while living in Mosinee in January 2015. Charges against Smolek include child enticement and sexual intercourse with a child.

The La Crosse Tribune reported Smolek served as the Diocese of La Crosse’s assistant superintendent of schools for over a year until he resigned on Nov. 23, two days after he spoke with police.

Police said no victims were found in La Crosse. Diocese officials say police determined there’s no connection between Smolek’s charges and his work with the diocese.

No working phone numbers could be found for Smolek by The Associated Press. The local court clerk says the case file doesn’t list his attorney.