UPDATE: Racine Unified District Address Substitute Teacher's Arrest
The news came out this weekend, but the arrest of 28-year-old Justin Beaton of Racine actually happened last Friday.
Police said he would contact students from the classes he taught through social media and would later meet up with them to have sexual encounters.
Racine Unified School District officials have not confirmed how long Beaton worked for the district. They only said he's no longer an employee.
Beaton was supposed to be charged today, but was not after two false fire alarms put the Racine County District Attorney's office behind on their work schedule.
Mt. Pleasant Police anticipate charges including child enticement, sexual assault of a child by school staff person, and exposing a child to harmful material. These are all felonies.
The district said in a statement that Beaton did undergo a background check before being hired.
Staff is also working with Mt. Pleasant Police checking into their claims that multiple students may have been in contact with Beaton.
Racine Unified School District mailed a letter to parents of Case High School students about the investigation.
The letter said:
Good evening Case families:
Although many of you may have already heard via various media outlets, I believe it is important that I am transparent with you and that I share this information with you:
A former RUSD substitute teacher has been arrested for inappropriate contact with students. There are a few important things I want you to know.
First, no inappropriate behavior or actions took place on school grounds or during school hours.
Second, this person is no longer an employee of the District. When we learned that he had sent an inappropriate text message to one of our students, I worked with District administrators to take immediate action.
Finally, we have and will continue to work with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department on this investigation. You will likely see and hear more details about this case in the media. It's important to know that what is being investigated are incidents that occurred outside of the school.
As you know, the safety and well-being of our students is absolutely our first priority every day. I am thankful for you, our school families, as you continue to provide excellent support and to assist us by talking with your children about digital safety when using social media and cell phones. Along with that, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure our students experience a safe and positive learning environment.
Again, thank you for your continued support and as always, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
Jody Bloyer, Directing Principal
ORIGINAL: The Mount Pleasant Police Department along with Racine Unified School District Administration has been conducting an investigation regarding allegations of a substitute school teacher having inappropriate sexual contact with at least one student. The inappropriate sexual contact was reported to have occurred away from school and after school hours. The initial incident reportedly occurred at Case High School in the Village of Mount Pleasant.
After investigating the initial reported inappropriate contact, additional incidents of inappropriate sexual contact were discovered.
The investigation revealed a substitute teacher was contacting female students outside of school hours via social media and would then meet with the students. The contact between the substitute teacher and the students was reported to be of an illegal, sexual nature.
On Friday March 4, the former substitute teacher Justin Beaton, 28-years-old of Racine, was taken into custody by Mount Pleasant Police.
The DA is considering charging Beaton with child enticement. sexual assault of a child by school staff person and exposing a child to harmful material.