McFarland teacher banned from village after child enticement allegations

A McFarland teacher is not allowed in the village where he’s employed for at least four weeks.

Andrew Meeks was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of multiple felony charges, including child enticement and causing mental harm to a child. He also faces a tentative charge of exposing a child to harmful material.

In court Thursday, Meeks was not formally charged, but a judge did ban him from the village of McFarland. Meeks is also required to be under GPS monitoring to ensure he’s following the conditions of his signature bond. In addition, he is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16 and banned from having any sort of contact with the child he’s accused of enticing and that child’s family.

Meeks was not formally charged Thursday. The judge gave the prosecution four weeks to file a criminal complaint. He’ll be back in court Sept. 26.

In a news release, the McFarland Police Department said Meeks’ arrest came after “an intensive investigation” into his activities with a juvenile.

Meeks is listed as a fourth grade teacher at Waubesa Intermediate School in McFarland.

McFarland Superintendent Andrew Briddel sent a statement to staff and families, saying the district is “saddened” by the news of Meeks’ arrest and cannot confirm any details. Two teachers will be taking over Meeks’ class while he goes through the court proceedings.

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