Grafton teacher resigns after being accused of student relationship

District expresses shock as police investigate accusation involving high school educator, teenager
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press staff

A Grafton High School teacher has resigned after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female student, school and police officials said Tuesday.

After meeting in closed session Monday, the School Board accepted the male teacher’s resignation, and on Tuesday Supt. Jeff Nelson, who declined to answer questions about the teacher-student relationship, sent a letter to parents that read, “We are shocked and angry about the allegations of misconduct.

“The alleged action of one individual has put a negative mark on the district.”

According to Nelson’s letter, the district “became aware of allegations of inappropriate teacher-student relationships involving the teacher” on Wednesday, Aug. 21, then reported them to the police department, launched an internal investigation and suspended the teacher.

Grafton Police Department Capt. Joseph Gabrish said the student is now 18 and has graduated from high school. Gabrish declined to comment on when her relationship with the teacher began and whether it was sexual.

“There’s no real violation under state law if the person is 18 and out of school when it happens, so that’s where we’ve stopped right now,” he said. “We’re looking at more of a misconduct-type charge possibly, but it’s under review by the district attorney.” 

Gabrish also said it’s unclear whether the alleged relationship was an isolated incident.

“We’re waiting to see if there are any more students out there,” he said. 

In his letter, Nelson wrote, “While we have no reason to believe any other students are involved, we encourage you to speak to your children and contact me directly ... with any concerns.” 

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