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Elmbrook Schools investigating sexual assault allegations against former teacher, coach

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WAUKESHA COUNTY (CBS 58) -- Elmbrook Schools is investigating allegations of sexual assault by a former teacher and coach.

According to a statement released by the district, Gary Blaschke a 30-year veteran teacher in the Elmbrook system, sexually assaulted a student during the 1980's.

Part of the school district's statement reads:

"Based on our review and the information we have, the facts are not in dispute. Our internal investigation and a review of old emails have resulted in preliminary findings that are crystal clear, and that is that Mr. Gary Blaschke, a 30 year veteran teacher in the Elmbrook system at Burleigh Middle School (early 1970s-to the mid 1980s) and Brookfield East High School (1985-2002), over the course of several years repeatedly sexually abused a minor student of the district in the 1980’s."

The statement says the victim reached out to the school district in an email on April 1. The school district then conducted an internal investigation and is working with Brookfield Police.

According to the school district, Blaschke has recently served as a substitute teacher and worked at athletic events in the district. His employment has been suspended.

The school district is asking anyone who has additional information on Blaschke to contact their Superintendent, Dr. Mark Hansen, at 262-373-6606 or Brookfield Police at 262-787-3614.

In the statement, the district's superintendent says he is angry, saddened and sorry about Blaschke's alleged acts. 

"The District has very strict and clear written policies in place that outline appropriate and inappropriate conduct and relationships between students and staff. There is no question that this is an extremely egregious violation of our standards, expectations and the bond of trust that we expect from all teachers and staff. It also may well be a serious criminal act, and we pledge our full support and cooperation as law enforcement and potentially the courts pursue this matter."

The district says it is offering the victim its full support and an independent investigation is ongoing. The full statement can be read below:

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CousinOliver 189 days ago
She is an honest-to-god hero, especially in a place like Brookfield. Warnings and horror stories about that guy have been passed across all genders, cliques and ages since the 80s/90s. Many students reported him for sexual assault during gym class and nothing was ever done beyond a PTA board member observing for a day. As horrifying and genuinely problematic as Brookfield and Elm Grove are, the fact that professional guardians of children continued to let THIS GUY continue on his creepy, predatory, trauma-creating way for more than 30 years is honestly just unconscionable.
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