Plea deal scheduled for former teacher charged with sexual assault

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Jo Pang(Portage County Jail)
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 9:35 AM CDT
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STEVEN POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - A former Stevens Point School District teacher accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old is scheduled to agree to the terms of a plea deal and will avoid a jury trial.

Jo Pang is charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child and repeated sexual assault of the same child.

Prosecutors said Pang had a sexual relationship with a teen he met while working as a mentor. The alleged misconduct reportedly began in April. Prosecutors said Pang knew the alleged victim was a minor. Portage County Sheriff Mike Lukas said the alleged misconduct did not occur on school property.

Pang was a special education teacher at PJ Jacobs Junior High. He resigned Dec. 20.

The Stevens Point School District issued a letter to parents regarding the arrest.

The letter sent to parents Thursday read:

District Families and Staff: While we are unable to disclose confidential information regarding personnel, we did want to make sure you were aware of a serious event about which we have recently become aware that is unrelated to any of the recent threats. One of our staff members has been arrested. It is likely you will see reports regarding this staff member in the media over the next several days. We can confirm that the individual has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. We will not be able to release additional information while investigations are continuing. We realize this will likely be a point of frustration, but we hope you understand and appreciate our position. Our first priority is to provide an environment in which all students are safe and can succeed. To that end, we will continue to evaluate current systems and procedures while addressing any concerns with careful diligence. Sincerely, Craig Gerlach, Ed.S. Superintendent

A plea hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3.

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