Glenwood City (WQOW) - We now know the name of the Glenwood City teacher arrested after allegedly exchanging sexual pictures and videos with a 9th grader in Missouri.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Peter L. Gaustad, 45, of Glenwood City, a teacher at Glenwood City School District, and a Glenwood City Council member, was arrested Thursday.
The St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office charged Gaustad on Friday with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of exposing a child to harmful material, one count of causing a child to view/listen to sexual activity and one count of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
According to the criminal complaint, Gaustad responded to an ad from the 15-year-old girl in Boon County Missouri, in which she stated she wanted to date a teacher.
The two had been sharing sexually explicit pictures, videos and messages since January.
The girl's mom first brought the relationship to attention of police in Missouri, who then looped in authorities in St. Croix County.
On April 5, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Gaustad’s home and his belongings at his workplace, and took him into custody. He admitted to speaking with the girl, but said he did not know if she was underage.
Gaustad teaches 8th and 9th grade social studies, and coaches both girls basketball and softball. At this time, police do not believe any Glenwood City students were victims.
When the two were chatting, Gaustad called one of the girls on his basketball team "hot and pretty."
If you or anyone you know may have information to assist in this investigation, please call the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 381-4320.
Friday, bond was set at $100,000. He returns to court next Tuesday. If convicted on all charges, he faces 129.5 years in prison.
Posted April 5, 2018
Glenwood City (WQOW) - A Glenwood City School District employee is in custody after allegedly exchanging sexual pictures and videos with a minor in Missouri.
According to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, police were contacted by law enforcement in Missouri saying the school employee was exchanging the pictures and videos.
Police searched the employee's home, and took the person into custody. The faculty member's name is being withheld until formal charges are filed.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office said at this time, there is no indication students in Glenwood City were victims in this case.