Wausau Teacher Cited in Prostitution Sting Resigns

The Wausau School District Superintendent, Kathleen Williams, tells NewsChannel 7 in a phone call Tuesday, the teacher cited in a July prostitution sting turned in a resignation letter.

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The Wausau School District Superintendent, Kathleen Williams, tells NewsChannel 7 in a phone call Tuesday, the teacher cited in a July prostitution sting turned in a resignation letter.

Williams says on the phone she cannot discuss any specifics, including who the teacher is, or where he works. Until the district board meeting Monday, no action is being taken.

"As long as there is a demand for something, whether its illegal or not, we know from experience in law enforcement, that there will be a supply," Lieutenant Matt Barnes said.

Lieutenant Barnes was part of the sting where the teacher was cited with soliciting a prostitute and was given a ticket with a $2,000 fine.

"This teacher was not arrested for a crime, they were issued a citation just like everybody else," Barnes said, "but its also fair to say there are some jobs in our community that you're held to a different standard than others."

During a phone conversation with superintendent Kathleen Williams, Tuesday afternoon, she state, "no students' health, welfare, or safety is in question." Williams says the school district is not conduction an investigation, and the resignation will be reviewed at Monday's school board meeting.

This teacher, along with six other men, were the first cited in Wausau after the council approved a new ordinance allowing police to give tickets, instead of recommending charges to the District Attorney.

"I think its absolutely scary, for a parent, because they are entrusting their child with a teacher for the day, I think through my years in law enforcement, I realized that," Barnes said, "don't throw stones at glass houses, because any time I'm involved in an investigation you learn things about people that you wouldn't expect, and most people have things in their life that they they're not proud of, and really the challenge for us is: what are the consequences."

NewsChannel 7 reached out to the Department of Public Instruction to ask what would happen to this teacher in the future, should his resignation be accepted without disciplinary action taken.

Our calls to DPI have not been immediately returned. The Wausau Police Department is not releasing the names of the people cited. We've filed an open records request with the city clerk that information.


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