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Report: Allegations of abuse by retired Nicolet teacher reported to police and school administrator in 1983

GLENDALE, Wis. (CBS 58) – A document prepared by a local law firm details allegations of abuse by a retired teacher accused of sexually abusing students at Nicolet High School.

David Johnson taught math at the school for decades and may have multiple victims.

Former students of Nicolet High School received a letter this week informing them of sexual abuse allegations by a fellow graduate against a retired teacher.

That teacher is David Johnson who taught math at the school from 1958 to 1991. The letter asked for anyone else who was a victim of Johnson’s to come forward. It also says the school reported the abuse to Glendale Police but because the allegations happened decades ago, it is beyond the statute of limitations for prosecution. However, according to a different document, the school wasn’t so forthcoming about the allegations in the past. A fact the school admits in the letter.

CBS 58 received a document prepared by Von Briesen & Roper S.C. it details the investigation, including a teacher who said in 1983 a student told her about Johnson’s abuse. That teacher reported it to Glendale Police and to then school administrator, Dr. James Reiels.

The report says a teacher did report the incident to Glendale Police in the early 1980’s. According to the report, police said they’d look into it and the school administrator then told the teacher to stop discussing it.

Board members had a meeting in which they told Johnson he could keep teaching but was, “warned not to engage in such conduct again or that his employment would be terminated.”

CBS 58 spoke to an office with the Glendale Police Department who said they have no record of the original report from the teacher in 1983.

Johnson was convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault in Waupaca County in 2003 and was ordered to pay fines. He’s currently a free man.

CBS 58 reached out to the school and they are not commenting on the story, referring all questions to their PR company.


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