Nicolet High School officials launch investigation after student reports sexual abuse by teacher in 1980's

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GLENDALE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Nicolet School District was contacted by a Nicolet High School graduate who stated that while he was a student at Nicolet in the early 1980's, he was sexually abused by Dave Johnson, a former teacher.

Johnson was a teacher at Nicolet from 1958 to 1991.

The victim told officials that Johnson would pick him up from his home on weekends, take him to an empty classroom and ask him to change into his gym clothes and do exercises. Johnson would allegedly perform a sexual act on himself during this time. 

According to a release, the Glendale Police told Nicolet High School that the reported abuse was beyond the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution. 

Nicolet High School has launched their own investigation into the reported abuse. There is evidence that at least one another student was sexually abused as well. 

The President of the Nicolet High School Board of Education released the following statement,

While the misconduct reported by the former student occurred many years ago, we felt an obligation to learn, as best we could, how it could have happened and whether other students may have been harmed.

 Needless to say, the School Board and current Administration are deeply troubled by the findings of this investigation and concerns of this nature would be handled much differently today.

On behalf of the Nicolet School District, we offer our most heartfelt apology to Mr. Johnson’s victims.

Any alumni who have been affected personally by Mr. Johnson’s misconduct are encouraged to contact the current superintendent.

We pledge to make every effort to keep information confidential and non-personally identifiable. We will also work to connect victims with appropriate community resources for survivors of sexual abuse.

The District is committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of current and future Nicolet students, and has taken a number of steps to prevent this from ever happening again.
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